A former Governor of Lagos State and a foremost leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun of frustrating reconciliatory efforts within the ruling party.
THEWILL recalls that Buhari earlier this month gave Tinubu the task of reconciling all aggrieved members in the party.
A report by online news site, The Cable said Tinubu copied the president, vice-president, senate president and speaker of the house of representatives (All members of the APC) in the letter, where he accused Odigie-Oyegun of contravening the spirit of the discussions both of them had at the party secretariat on how to reconcile members.
In the letter, dated February 21, 2018, Tinubu wrote: “Disappointment greeted me when I discovered that you had swiftly acted in contravention of the spirit of our discussions. Instead of being a bulwark of support as promised, you positioned yourself in active opposition to the goal of resuscitating the progressive and democratic nature of APC”.
Tinubu said while Odigie-Oyegun mentioned Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and Adamawa as places affected by serious party issues, “you have taken it as your own personal ambition to thwart my presidential assignment in these key states”.
He accused the chairman of rushing to Kogi state to unilaterally inaugurate officials “parallel to the officials already heading the state chapter of the party”.
“While this may place you in significant affinity with those parallel officials you handpicked, this machination suggests no improvement in the welfare of the party in Kogi or at the national level,” Tinubu wrote.
Tinubu said Odigie-Oyegun apparently seeks “to undermine my mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics for the most part. When forced to act, you do so in an arbitrary and capricious manner”.
He asked the former governor of Edo state to refrain from taking any more “improper unilateral decisions with regard to the national and state chapters of the party”.
He reminded Odigie-Oyegun that the assignment was given to him by Buhari, stating that “in furtherance… I request that you make available to me the status reports and all the pertinent information regarding the state chapters without further delay”.
THEWILL also recalls that Tinubu had in September 2016 called for Odigie-Oyegun’s resignation following his handling of the party’s governorship primary in Ondo State.