Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in South-West have cautioned the people of the region against intra-ethnic gang-up against its presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on 2023 polls.
The chieftains of the party, led by its National Vice President, South-West, Isaac Kekemeke; its governorship candidate in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, gave the warning at the flag-off of a one million-man roadshow for Tinubu organised by youths in Ibadan yesterday.
Kekemeke warned against the repeat of what happened in 1983 and 1993 when some elements from the region ganged up against the realisation of the presidential ambition of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Moshood Abiola respectively.
The national vice president of the party, who insisted that there is no division in Oyo State chapter of APC, urged the party faithful not to allow the opportunity of producing the next president by the region to slip off their hands in 2023.
According to him, there is no division in Oyo State chapter of the APC. We have only one governorship candidate, Teslim Folarin, three senatorial districts candidates, 14 House of Representatives candidates and 32 House of Assembly candidates.
He, therefore, warned members of the party against what he described as anti-party, threatening that anyone caught in the act would be dealt with in accordance with the constitution of the party.
He said: “It is unconstitutional for a member of the party to be hobnobbing with candidates of another party.
“It is high time we talked to ourselves to guide against the repeat of what happened in 1983 and 1993.
“It is our turn in Yorubaland to produce the next leadership of the country in 2023. Our candidate is no other person than Tinubu.
“In the South-West, Tinubu deserves more than 90 per cent of our votes.” Folarin, who spoke in the same vein, drummed support for Tinubu, saying that he has all that it takes to lead the country.