By TUNDE JOSHUA
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West stormed Lagos for a meeting with presidential aspirants from the geopolitical zone at the weekend.
They were concerned about not the number of personalities in the race from Yorubaland but the squabbles and politics of name calling being adopted by supporters of the key players in the contest for the party’s ticket.
Efforts of the leaders comprising a former governor of Osun State and former interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, and former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba at finding a consensus landing proved abortive as the presidential gladiators insisted on running.
However, one of the strong contenders and National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu dared his co- contenders to see who wins the party’s ticket and the election proper.
Tinubu also observed with concern the reward system in APC which he said was poor.
He promised to ensure dedicated party members are adequately and handsomely rewarded if elected president next year. “Many of you I know, and you have participated in governance and political activities.
You have given a value to your various states. “When we merged as one and took broom as the symbol of party, broom has a lot of meaning. “Let me first of all address our element of constitution, I promise to look into that if elected. “Our reward system as APC is very poor, and it was late before I could recognize that.
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“Let me assure you, I won’t repeat that mistake, if I’m elected. “I know that you still have people who believe in you, in the system. “But for those who have decided to be an opponent, I will not dwell on that, let’s see who wins, but I want to win and I want you to work along with me and to convince more delegates,” Tinubu said.
The former governor of Lagos State as well said he will resolve all issues in crisis infested state chapters of APC immediately after taking office as president. “In some states where we have divisions, please, tell us, we have to harmonize and become one.
“Particularly, Oyo is divided. Osun and Ekiti elections are coming, these elections are precursors to the national election,” he added.name-calling