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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

No one is challenging Tinubu’s leadership in APC – Segun Oni


Former Ekiti State governor and the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Segun Oni, has rubbished any report of a gang up against former Lagos State Governor, and National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bolaji Tinubu by some certain Ministers in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Oni said there is no move whatsoever, to supplant Tinubu in the South-West and that the insinuations that certain ministers from the zone are in the vanguard of the plot allegedly orchestrated by the Presidency was a merely cooked up report to rubbish the image of the party.

He told the Tribune, “We aren’t driving ourselves towards a division; we must drive ourselves in the direction of unity.

“We have a leadership that has been respected and at all times. We have young people also coming up, who will have what I call digital ideas but those digital ideas must work in sync with the leadership.


“I don’t believe that there will be any group of young people that will overthrow the established leadership. No, it will not happen. What will happen is that all of us will work in the direction of getting better control of the South-West.

“There are a lot of things we can do in South-West together as a region and we are flowing gradually towards it now. Once Ekiti becomes a part of this game, we can now sit and decide what we can do together: education, health even schools sport—things that we don’t take significant but are important for today’s children, the future and so on.

“We can begin to now see ourselves more, because the fact that states were created out of the West shouldn’t make us completely outsiders within our domain. We can find more valid grounds to rebuild our relationship. These are the kind of things that we believe we begin to get into the moment Ekiti comes in. All of us are the same.

Talking about the insinuations of power play as 2019 approaches, he added that the young Turks in the party and the established leadership are on the same page.

According to him, “I don’t see any rebellious move. I see all of us as a people that need to come together, often to discuss.

“Yes, we can have differences. There is a saying in Yoruba land that when you see the children of same parents coming out of a meeting and all smiling, they haven’t told themselves the truth. But when they come out of a meeting and some are frowning, then you know that truth must have been told. So, we would always have differences.”

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