A governorship aspirant of the All
Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, has accused the
National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, of causing crisis within the
Specifically, Abayomi alleged that
the preference of Tinubu for another governorship aspirant, Dr. Segun Abraham,
had polarized the party ahead of its primary coming up next week.
Abayomi maintained that it was
wrong of the former governor of Lagos State to impose his choice on the party.
Tinubu was alleged to have invited
all the party leaders in the state to Lagos, where he allegedly directed them
to ensure his anointed candidate, Abraham, won the primary.
Abayomi said since Tinubu allegedly
imposed a candidate, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, on the defunct Action Congress of
Nigeria in the 2012 governorship election in the state and failed, he should
not repeat the same style in the 2016 governorship primary of the APC.
This was contained in a letter he
addressed to Tinubu on Tuesday, a copy of which was made available to our
The letter was titled, “Tonic of
democracy is the right of the people to choose their leaders. No: 2.
The letter read, “I maintain, based
on the reliable information of the attendees, that your meeting with the party
leaders go beyond mere a ‘meeting’ or ‘assembly and talk’ as observed in your
letter. You told them who the candidate of the party would be and directed them
to work for him assuring them of your financial support.
“I maintain that considering that
all the aspirants had all been subjected to the same processes, including
serious conditional payments, it would have been expected that as a national
leader of the APC and especially as you have severally assured many aspirants
who came to you, that the party would guarantee to all, equal protection in the
process, you should have refrained from directing the party to support an
“Your summoning of party officials
to a meeting and your instruction to them to support one aspirant, in my humble
view, violated the right to fairness. It amounted to undue influence to
unjustly favour an aspirant.
“Perhaps, I need to add that the
confusion in the APC in Ondo State at the moment, like it was in the ACN in
2012, emanated from the unfair directive you gave to the party on July 31,
The APC aspirant urged the national
leader not to influence the emergence of the candidate of the party, adding
that he should allow the party to conduct a credible primary.