The Southwest APC Elders meeting with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants from the Southwest ended tonight on a convivial note, as sources confirmed that the leaders resolved that every aspirants has a right to contest.
Besides, the meeting, though behind closed doors also resolved that name callings and other personal attacks should no longer be encouraged by aspirants and their supporters.
According to an inside source, “the issue of betrayal was put to rest as the elders affirmed that everyone who desires to run for any political office whatsoever is not encumbered in any way at all.” The leaders and the aspirants all agreed to conduct a rancour free campaign.
While commending the Vice President, being the highest ranking public officer from South West extraction for a job well done, inside sources disclosed that the APC elders stated categorically that all the aspirants had the right to aspire to be President. But, they enjoined all aspirants to exhibit the ‘Omoluabi’ ethos in their politicking by shunning divisive rhetorics.
While stating that consultations with them would be a continuous exercise, the meeting admonished the aspirants to queue behind whoever amongst them that eventually emerges as the party’s candidate, stating that the cohesion of the South West must be sancrosanct.
Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued at the meeting when the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola arrived with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in the same vechicle but refused to sit near the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Naijanewsdirect gathered.
Sources informed Naijanewsdirect that it took the intervention of former governor of Ogun state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba who told the Minister to seat anywhere convenient for him.
It was gathered that before the arrival of Osinbajo, an advanced security was sent to comb the Lagos State House Marina as the Vice President was said to have claimed that he was not sure of his security at the place.
Aregbesola Greets Tinubu at the Meeting
Those at the high-powered meeting were the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Also at the meeting, apart from the aspirants were the former Governor of Lagos State and Works and Housing Minister Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Niyi Adebayo, Governors Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state and Governor Oyetola of Osun state. Others included former Osun State Governor and Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola and the APC National Secretary Otunba Iyiola Omisore.
Chief Bisi Akande and Aremo Olusegun Osoba were said to have called the meeting last week to meet presidential aspirants under the APC Platform from South West.