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Ondo: Atiku backs Tinubu says Oyegun was wrong

Ondo: Atiku backs Tinubu says Oyegun was wrong


Former vice president and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has tacitly thrown his weight behind a former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on the clamour for the cancellation of the controversial governorship primary election in Ondo State.

Atiku, who decried the current position of the party’s leadership on the said election, said the APC needed to promote the rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs in order to guarantee the unity and stability of the party.

The counsel came against the backdrop of the festering crisis trailing the conduct of the APC gubernatorial primaries, which produced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as governorship candidate. Tinubu had, on Sunday, demanded Chief John Odigie- Oyegun’s resignation as national chairman of the party following allegations that he overruled the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on the recommendation of the appeal panel that the election be cancelled and a fresh one held to choose the party’s candidate.

In a statement released from his media office yesterday, Atiku said that the party was supposed to be an impartial entity in the arbitration of crisis amongst its members in any given election. The Turaki Adamawa said it had become imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”

He argued that since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the gubernatorial primary election it conducted in Ondo State and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and hold a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution was a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.

“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division,” the former vice president stated. According to Atiku, the party leadership should always be guided by respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus.

The former vice president also noted that pretending that a problem does not exist won’t make that problem go away and therefore, advised the leadership of the party to do a soul searching and address why this problem arose and escalated.

He, however, urged aggrieved members of the APC in the Ondo election to exercise restraint in seeking redress to the crisis. Atiku admonished the leadership of the party to retrace its steps and do the needful to restore confidence among the conflicting parties in the state for the overall benefit of the ruling party.

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