Ekiti State branch of the Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation, AGF, a political pressure group of the former governor of Lagos state Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has restated that the principle of ‘party supremacy’ must not be compromised in settling the National Assembly leadership crisis.
AGF also advised the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee, NWC to quickly come up with modalities that would curtail desperate individuals within APC from subverting the principle on which the party was found.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti by its State Coordinator, Mr Adeleye Akintola, the group hailed the position canvassed by President Muhammadu Buhari that party superiority over any member takes preeminence in the party.
The group stressed that the current crisis rocking the National
Assembly through the elections of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara as President of the Senate and Speaker, House of Representatives, respectively, would have been avoided if the principle of party supremacy as strictly adhered to.
The group stated that the inability of the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to enforce the principle led to its abysmal failure during the 2015 presidential elections and that such would not be tolerated in APC.
“All over the world, party supremacy is taken as the bedrock of democratic development. It does not only allow for the deepening the democratic culture, it helps in instilling discipline, coherence and stability in the system for the elected officials on such platform to be able to meet the expectations of the populace, particularly in a country like Nigeria that is facing multiple challenges.
“It is no gainsaying the fact that the APC leaders like President Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Owelle Rocha Okorocha and many others exhibited unwavering zeal during the electioneering campaign to turn around the fortunes of this country for good.
“Their glowing determination, coupled with the self-dignity and
spartan lifestyle of President Buhari brought about the landmark record-breaking achievement in the history of our nation, where a powerful and seemingly indomitable sitting President was defeated by opposition party.
“We believe that the members of the National Assembly would have created a solid platform through which President Buhari can hit the ground running, rather than resorting to personality clashes and ethnic cleansing in a bid to rubbish certain figures in the party and rob them of the fruits of labour”.
The body, which warned some members of the South West caucus against being used by desperate politicians against their leader, said since Nigeria’s pre-independence political era, the South West had been known to always submit to leadership.
“The late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo held the political leadership of the zone for decades. This tremendously helped in launching the zone to reckoning and built a united front through which they successfully fought for their rights despite being in the opposition.
“As Yoruba is presently constituted, Asiwaju Tinubu remains the natural leader of the APC in the South West and also highly placed among the ranks of respected leaders at the national level. This he had displayed from the time of Alliance for Democracy to Action Congress of Nigeria and to the present APC, when he was the rallying point for the progressives in the zone.
“Asiwaju Tinubu has done so much for the progressives in the South West. He has paid his dues and deserves to be protected at all times. History will never forget his role in the making of ex-governor Kayode Fayemi and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the governors of Ekiti and Osun States, respectively.
“His enormous political astuteness and sagacity brought about the reclamations of Ogun and Oyo from the PDP. His role in maintaining the Lagos State for the progressives in spite of the onslaught of the PDP and the inroad the party is making into Ondo State has also been incredible.
“Also not all our leaders in Ekiti have joined this league of ingrates in their shameless trade. Leaders like Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Opeyemi Bamidele, Olusegun Oshikolu, Hon Funminiyi Afuye and others too numerous to mention are still showing loyalty and resting on the fact that power belongs to God and He give to whoever He likes”.

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