- A chieftain of APC in the south-south, Perekeme Kpodoh, has commended Tinubu for his position on the crisis rocking the party
- Tinubu had in a statement cautioned those who wanted to remove Oshiomhole as the national chairman of APC, to have a rethink
- Kpodoh, however, lambasted Governor Godwin Obaseki over the battle of supremacy between him and Oshiomhole
Perekeme Kpodoh, a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the south-south, has thrown his weight behind the position of the party's national leader and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, on the crisis rocking the party.
Legit.ng reports that while speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Kpodoh, described Tinubu's statement as quintessential, progressive and apt, urging all members of the party with good intentions to support the position of the national leader.
He said only persons playing politics of destruction and destabilisation would toe a different path and disagree with Tinubu's position
He lambasted the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, for trying to sidestep the political hierarchy of the party and impose himself as the APC south-south leader.
Kpodoh accused Obaseki of acute ingratitude towards his benefactor and the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who groomed him against all odds and made him a governor.
He said Oshiomhole by virtue of his position has remained the leader of the party in Edo while the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege would continue to be the leader of the party in the south-south.
He insisted that enemies of the party including opposition elements drafted the scripts to oust Oshiomhole and create a leadership crisis to destabilise the APC ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Kpodoh said the forces against Oshiomhole had not given genuine reasons to justify their actions beyond saying that the party chairman was stubborn.
He said the APC had waxed stronger under Oshiomhole winning the presidential election, ensuring majority seats in the National Assembly with most of the states controlled by the APC governors.
Kpodoh insisted that the strength of Oshiomhole was greater than his flaws adding that he deserved commendation instead of vilification.
He said Oshiomhole lived up to his promise of giving President Buhari a better National Assembly leadership, which had been at the vanguard of granting most of the requests of the Presidency.
"The only sin Oshiomhole has committed is to stop some individuals from foisting their selfish ambitions against the collective interest of the party. He has prevented opposition elements from infiltrating the party and the only way to stop him is to remove him.
"I am particularly happy at the position of our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the crisis. He has shown the direction and it is expedient for lovers of APC to follow it. I am calling on all APC leaders to toe the path of Tinubu because that is the only way to go.
"I am also calling on the governors, who are behind the Oshiomhole-must-go campaign to have a rethink and toe that path of Tinubu. Some of them should not forget in a jiffy the roles Tinubu played for their emergence as governors.
"I can recall that in 2007, Tinubu was behind the emergence of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the governor of Ekiti state."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Bisi Akande, the head of a committee set up to reconcile warring factions of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), warned that the party is facing grievous danger.
It was reported that Akande, a former governor of Osun and ally of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party's national leader, warned that the current increasing level of court cases by members is threatening to swallow the organisation.
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