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Tinubu, G-5 governors and the future of APC

Tinubu openly criticised the leadership of the PDP at all tiers of government, branding all its elected officials as thieves who milked the country to…

Tinubu openly criticised the leadership of the PDP at all tiers of government, branding all its elected officials as thieves who milked the country to its knees. He even went a step further to accuse them of entrenching and institutionalising electoral and economic corruption in the nation’s polity.
But it is almost difficult to believe that as soon as the All Progressives Congress (APC) was registered as a political party a couple of months ago, Tinubu changed the tone of his song.  He and his co-travellers in the new party swallowed their pride and started hobnobbing with some of these people they branded as thieves and destroyers of the nation’s economy. However, whatever informed Tinubu’s friendship with the governors he initially accused of corruption is best known to him.
It is worthy of note that all the defectors from the PDP to the APC fell out of favour with their former party because of individual and collective interests. At this point, the autocracy in Tinubu began to evolve. Knowing full well that most of these rebel governors have outlived their usefulness in their various states but still want to cling onto power, he appeased them by promising to surrender the structure of the party to them and their renegade supporters in their respective states.
As an interested stakeholder, I call on Tinubu to stop playing to the gallery and do the right thing.  Contrary to his claim that the structure of the APC has been handed to the rebel governors, it is important to note that the agreement signed between the governors and the APC states that “The incoming governors will enjoy some privileges formerly enjoyed by the 11 governors of the founding parties.  In the special cases of Adamawa and Kano, however, there is a proviso that the defection of the governors in these two states will be treated differently on account of the fact that the entry of these governors into the APC adds little value to the party.”
The allegation that the APC leader and a handful of his ilk at the national level have sold out the party to these governors seems to be a factor that will diminish the fortunes of the new party in the 2015 general elections, especially in the affected states. This is evident in the unresolved issues tabled at a recent stakeholders meeting chaired by Tinubu in Abuja last week.  It was reported that the leader of the party is disposed to handing over the structure of APC to Murtala Nyako in Adamawa State at the detriment of the founding fathers of the party in the state. That meeting ended in a deadlock. As one of Tinubu’s former fans, this recent act of his has put me off.
Edward Wabundani wrote from Jambutu ward, Jimeta, Yola.

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