Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni has called on the supporters of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to desist from name-calling and inciting comments in the interest of both personalities and the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This call comes on Friday, April 15, as both groups have been locked in a hot altercation, especially on social media, creating fear and tension all over the place.
Mumuni, who is a stalwart of the APC in Lagos State, believes that despite their competing aspirations, Asiwaju and the Vice President still remain one big family.
“The relationship between Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is one that dates back for long. There is no doubt that Asiwaju is a mentor to the Vice President. So, they are one big family.
“The attainment of Prof. Osinbajo is with the knowledge and support of Asiwaju Tinubu. Power, as they say, intoxicates. Since the VP has tasted power, he may be finding it difficult to leave. Though no one knows if he has had any agreement with his mentor, what is clear is that it is within his democratic rights to express his intention to contest as a stakeholder of the party.
“Therefore, I urge supporters of both leaders to give peace a chance and ensure that whatever contribution they are making is not toxic and inciting,” he said.
Speaking further, the former gubernatorial candidate of the defunct CPC in Lagos said, “These toxic and unhealthy commentaries are only doing a great disservice to both personalities. As progressives, our campaigns should be issue-based, factual, devoid of insults and calumny. If Prof. Osinbajo has no ambition, he would have supported the aspiration of Asiwaju because they are one.”
The security expert charged supporters to save their energy for the main election, saying whoever emerges as the flagbearer of the party should be supported by all.
According to him, there is no permanent friend or enemy in politics, only interests matter. Supporters should therefore be careful. You should promote your choice and avoid denigrating others. It’s a contest and not a war. The more, the merrier.
“Don’t inherit enemies because of Tinubu-Osinbajo aspiration. The concern for many of us is just that everyone should be given a level playing field to test their popularity in the primary election.
“Nigerians should get their voters card and vote for competent leaders during this coming general elections. We need very competent hands now because the situation of the country is very sad. It’s therefore our responsibility to save the country together by supporting qualified and experienced persons for various offices,” he added.