A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Yekini Nabena, has warned the leaders of the party that the era of arrogantly taking people for granted is over.
He noted that the party’s defeat in the just concluded Osun State governorship election was a warning to the ruling party ahead of the 2023 elections.
Nabena, in a statement issued Tuesday, said there was a need for genuine reconciliation across the country among all the APC leaders and stakeholders in Gombe, Kwara, Kogi, Kano, and Ogun without further delay.
He said: “The era of taking people for granted arrogantly and thinking you will win elections is far over, hence APC leaders across board must respect each other and forge a united front ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“Osun state governorship election has come and gone, but we must learn a lesson. In 2018, the then National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and his National Working Committee (NWC) worked so hard to defeat nature in Osun, but in 2022, nature came back with full force to take its place.”
Nabena noted that the party’s defeat in Osun State was also a warning to the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and others, saying if care is not taken, they might face the same defeat.
Nabena added: “The only way out for the APC as a party is to respect leaders in every state and zone, and not just think you can arrogantly arrange your boys to install leaders anywhere like they tried to do in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Rivers states by some paper weight governors from the west who solely rely on Asiwaju to win the election.
“In party politics, everyone matters, you must carry everyone along. This is a warning to the APC presidential candidate to caution his men who are already thinking of installing leaders across the state with full assurance that their oga (Tinubu) will be the next President and they (the boys) will be in charge of party structures across the states, this must be addressed quickly.
“They must also stop seeing all those who contested primary elections with them as enemies. There must always be a winner in a contest, and that is why it is a democracy. So this arrogance of power can not do APC good because Lagos is not Nigeria, what they can do and get away with in Lagos state cannot happen in the entire Nigeria.