Tinubu responsible for Bakare’s exit from APC – Tony Momoh

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A former Chairman of defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), Chief Tony Momoh, has disclosed that Pastor Tunde Bakare did not join the party’s successor, the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Recall that Bakare, who is the Senior Pastor of Lagos-based Latter Rain Assembly, was running mate to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 Presidential Election on the platform of CPC.

The CPC, Tinubu’s Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and few other political parties formed the APC in 2013.

However, Daily Independent quoted Momoh as saying that Bakare declined to transit to the new party as Tinubu, who eventually became its national leader, was also a member.

Momoh, a former Information Minister, said, “After CPC merged with other parties to form the APC, Tunde Bakare left on his own accord. Bakare was very worried about the problem in the South-West, especially the division in Afenifere.

“He said he wants to bring peace into Afenifere by reconciling Tinubu with Afenifere and he wouldn’t want to be in the same party with Tinubu who is one of the leaders of the APC. He said being in the APC with Tinubu would affect his chances of reconciling them, so he left.

“Yinka Odumakin was not working with us after 2011. He left after Buhari lost the presidential election. Odumakin was appointed to be Buhari’s media aide in 2011 and he did it marvelously well. After the election, he went back to Afenifere.”

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