Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has warned party members who are against the endorsement of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate President and House Speaker respectively to leave the APC.
Tinubu statement is apparently directed to Senator Ali Ndume who has vehemently rejected the endorsement of Lawan by the party.
According to Tinubu, party discipline would be upheld in addressing the leadership disagreement ahead of the 9th Assembly.
“Party discipline is key, we must be discipline in the party. We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to make the desired progress.
“You have seen the result of it and we are not going to allow that to happen again. We are going to respect our party and we are going to apply the whip.
“It is either you stay with us or you follow us or you leave. You have the freedom to choose but the freedom does not give you as a minority to go and collaborate and protrude our mandate given to you to another party who was our opposition and who is still our opposition.
“We would not take that this time, no matter who you think you are. That is how it is built. Why do you want to deviate from what has been structured?
“We look at our reward system equally, zone by zone,” he said while speaking to journalists in Lagos on Friday.
Ndume also seek to be the next Senate President too and alleges that he has the support of most of his colleagues elected under the APC.
The party is trying to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2015. Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara emerged Senate President and Speaker respectively instead of Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila endorsed by the party.