APC Caucus Meeting: Tinubu, Ikimi in Shouting Match
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the party’s National Vice Chairman (South-South), Chief Tom Ikimi on Tuesday engaged each other in a shouting match at the meeting of national caucus of the party in Abuja
The disagreement was said to have resulted from a leaked memo Ikimi leaked to party leaders as well as recommendation of governors under the party’s platform the next National Chairman of the party should come from the South South.
Although Ikimi, vehemently denied leaking the memo as he said that it was copied to several party officials, the memo was said to have noted the failure of the party leadership to resolve issues concerning the recent congresses organised by the party across the country as well as his (Ikimi) concern that top level issues that ordinarily should be resolved by the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party were reportedly being decided by a few unnamed persons.
At the Tuesday night national caucus hosted by Governor Rochas Okorocha at the Imo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja and attended by several governors and NEC members, Tinubu was said to have taken up Ikimi on the leakage of the memo asserting that it was against party discipline for internal issues of the party to be taken to the press.
Although, the governors, it was learnt, had recommended that the next national chairman of the party should come from the South South geopolitical zone. Tinubu and some party leaders are not particularly averse to the South-South producing the national chairman because aside wanting Akande to continue as national chairman after the national convention, he is also wary that Ikimi could emerge as the national chairman if the office of national chairman is zoned to the South South.
His political infidelity and his questionable activities in the Sani Abacha government before joining the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, was said to have been a factor many of the party leaders are looking at.
As a result of the disagreement, the national caucus of the party could not provide a guide towards resolving the crisis that followed the ward congresses, and therefore resolved that APC NEC should meet next week to resolve the fault lines triggered by misgivings on the conduct of the congresses.
Reacting to the development,the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the disagreement as a non-issue, saying that it was not strange in a democratic setting for personalities to have different perspectives on issues.
He said: “They disagreed on issues. So what is the issue there? That is democracy. Did they fight? These are very strong personalities and they disagreed on their perspectives to issues, so how does that become an issue.
“It was a very impassioned meeting and people expressed their divergent views and that is the essence of democracy, isn’t it.”
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