The relationship between Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of his closest men, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is said to be unfriendly lately.
The dissolution of the subgroups within the APC and the outlawing of the Mandate Group and Justice Forum were theorised to be reaction to the reorganisation of the Mandate Group by Aregbesola two weeks ago. He had reorganised the Mandate Group without Tinubu’s consent.
However, the APC party leader said there is no animosity between him and Aregbesola even as in-fighting within the party indicates otherwise.
A recent communiqué signed by 27 top APC men, who are members of the Governor’s Advisory Council indicated that any member who continued to associate with any sub-group would be expelled.
Some of the communique said: “Party members should no longer make use of these factions or their names with regard to future party business and activities. To continue to hold meetings in the name of these groups or to continue to promote such associations will amount to a violation of this resolution.
It said the only permitted use of the names will be limited to historic references and that Any violation of the decision is subject to party discipline, including suspension and expulsion.
It was clarified in the document that the prohibition extends solely to official party business and that the party is in no way trying to abridge anyone’s constitutional rights to free speech or assembly.
It continued: “The party chairman is hereby tasked with promulgating more detailed regulations with regard to prohibited and permissible activities for sub-party groupings. The party remains supreme. It has developed structures from the ward level to local government and state levels. These are recognised by the party’s constitution. They are adequate platforms for members to congregate and to present their views.
It emphasised that he APC in Lagos is one party and one family and must always act in this spirit if it is to attain the dream of democratic prosperity it sets out to achieve.
The party urged members to comply with the new directive in honour of June 12 and those who gave their lives to make democracy a reality.