Tunde Rahman, the spokesperson for Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged that some chieftains of the party supported Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, for the state’s governorship election because of the 2023 elections.
Rahman made the claim in a statement issued on Saturday.
Governor Obaseki, formerly of the APC, was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday’s governorship election and defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC to get re-elected.
Tinubu is rumoured to be eyeing the Presidency in 2023 but he has neither denied nor confirmed this.
However, many politicians within the APC who are also eyeing the Presidency are said to be doing everything possible to stop the former Lagos State governor from achieving his supposed ambition.
The statement read: “Indeed, it must be pointed out clearly that beneath all the shenanigans that trailed Edo poll, underneath all of that rabble-rousing, rumour-mongering, campaign of calumny, character assassination, deceit and double-dealing is the matter of 2023.
“Rather than first helping their party solidify its stronghold and strengthen it for future elections and re-commit themselves to the party’s ideals and principles, the APC chieftains were tearing at the party’s fabric, destroying its foundation and preparing it for eventual disintegration in the name of playing politics of 2023.
“But like Asiwaju rightly observed, he is but a mere mortal who does not foresee tomorrow. What tomorrow holds, indeed what 2023 holds, is within the province of God Almighty.”
Rahman also explained why his principal recorded a video in which he called on the people of Edo State to not vote for Governor Obaseki.
Tinubu had a few days to the election put out a video calling on the people of the state to reject Obaseki at the poll, accusing the governor of not being a democrat.
But Rahman stated that Tinubu did not intend to order the people of the state but was only trying to appeal to their sense of democracy.
“The opposition PDP and their agents made heavy weather of Asiwaju’s video on social media. Now, Asiwaju did not seek to dictate to the people of Edo. He was not out to oust their rights to choose by themselves.
“Far from usurping their power to determine who should govern them, the broadcast was an appeal to the people borne of a commitment to democratic principles, a clear appreciation of the fundamental role of parliament in a democracy, adherence to the principle of separation of powers, and his irritation by the antics of Governor Obaseki against the 14 lawmakers. It was an appeal for the people to think about the democratic credentials of the candidates in casting their votes.”