A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State, Abdulmajid Danbilki Commander, has reacted to the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the Jagaban of Nigerian politics.
Commander cautioned politicians from the Northern region against allowing the APC National Leader to dictate the tune of politics in their region. He said Tinubu should not be allowed to decide Northern politics at the expense of those who “fought tooth and nail” in turning APC to a formidable party.
In a statement he signed, the APC chieftain urged Northern politicians to detach themselves from acceding to Tinubu’s “dictatorial tendency of making them subservient to him”. According to him, the party had greatly suffered under Tinubu’s capricious design.
The statement reads partly: “Tinibu as a politician has forgotten the way and manner the northern part of the country fought some maverick politicians to a stand-still.
“Affirming that it would be foolhardy for politicians in the north to play second fiddle in the present democratic dispensation,
I wondered why northern politicians should allow Tinubu to dictate the tune of northern politics at the expense of those who had fought tooth and nail in making the APC formidable positing that the rot that had permeated the party in the past as a result of leadership crisis could be partly attributed to his dictatorial permutations.”
He stressed that Northern politicians would no longer be used as “cannon-fodders in promoting the egocentric postulations of certain politicians” since they were at an ample liberty to discern what is politically expedient for themselves.
Meanwhile, Asiwaju’s anointed candidate for the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, is equally not having a smooth ride despite having the backing of the party.
His closeness to the former governor, is seen by many as a rubber stamp for Tinubu to further expand his territory.
Recall, that Tinubu was recently quoted as saying those not in support of the party’s zoning arrangement for the National Assembly positions were free to leave the party.
Speculation is rife that the party may expel any member who decides to move against its stand on the leadership of the National Assembly.
But a member of the APC National Working Committee, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Saturday, said, “The truth is that for now, the issue of expulsion for our members who are threatening to move against the party’s choice is not on the card.”
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