2023: No crisis between Tinubu, Aregbesola, says APC Chieftain
By Akin Abolade
There is no dispute between the National Leader, All Progressives Congress, (APC) Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and the Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, a chieftain of the party said on Monday in Lagos
Prince Wale Arogundade, a notable APC leader in Mushin condemned attempts by a third force to set the two leaders against each other.
He spoke during an interactive session with journalists via zoom.
Arogundade urged members of the group and the party to be wary of fake news, hate speech in that may dwindle the fortunes of the party as the 2023 Presidential election draws nearer.
Arogundade dismissed insinuations that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, are in frosty relationship saying that he is close to the two leaders and that he is in a position to know.
It was reported that Aregbesola, a former governor of Osun State, is eyeing the Presidency in 2023, which has led to a cold war between him and Tinubu, who is also believed to be interested in the plum job.
Also, Arogundade frowned at a statement credited to Alhaji Abdullai Enilolobo, stressing that he’s very certain Enilolobo will never make such statement.
According to him, that article with the title ‘Aregbesola Is More Preferred Than Tinubu Says Enilolobo’ is not only full of lies but an unintelligent one clearly sponsored by some enemies within the party.
He said, “As a further and better clarification on the wildly circulating news, the writer should at least reach out to Enilolobo to confirm the authenticity of the alleged comments. But because of the negative intention that the article carries, the writer wrote according to his or her ignorance.”
Arogundade urged Nigerians to be on guard against the spread of propaganda, stressing that as stakeholders of the party have started permutations ahead of 2023, some set of leadership have began to geopadise the unity of the party because of their selfish interest.
He said: “Avoid fake news, hate speech and other practices inimical to the concepts of fairness and objective information.”
While discussing the 2023 elections and what to expect, Arogundade further acknowledged the invaluable contribution of competent journalists for their indelible contribution in the development of journalism and enhancement of the coverage of political activities.
He assured the journalists of his support for the media in disseminating credible, true, accurate and reliable information devoid of mischief.
In his conclusion speech, Arogundade thanked the group of journalist for finding him worthy of such deliberation.
He concluded by urging all party faithfuls to go out and re-register as a member. He advised against disregarding medical experts’ advice on COVID-19.