APC Is Now Tinubu's Private Property...Tom Ikimi

The estranged pioneer member of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Tom Ikimi, on Wednesday attributed his grouse with the party to the tyrannical approach to leadership by some of the leaders of the APC, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He said before Tinubu singlehandedly chose the former Edo State governor, John Odigie-Oyegun, he had threatened “fire and brimstone” if he did not emerge as the party’s national chairman at last Saturday’s national convention of the APC.
Ikimi said Tinubu operated caucuses whose membership varied from time to time subject to his whims and caprice.
He added that the current trends in the APC portended frightening prospects for the nation if the party wins the Presidency.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Ikimi, a former foreign affairs minister, said Tinubu had turned the APC into a private property and that some stalwarts of the APC were willing to accede to his whims which eventually turned the party’s Saturday convention to a “charade.”
The APC chieftain added that the party’s governors colluded with Tinubu to truncate democratic process in the national convention.
He said, “The governors and the Tinubu groups decided on a zoning process that was limited only to party offices as well as the choice of individuals to fill them. They proceeded in a manner that was neither open nor transparent. Most undemocratic and bizarre procedures then prevailed.
“The governors initiated a zoning plan that allocated the national chairman to the South-South. This proposal was reluctantly accepted by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, whose well-known preferred option had been to retain Chief Bisi Akande as the chairman forever. Nevertheless, he in the circumstance, proceeded to draw up a list of his cronies for the entire national executive all by himself. Very strange as this may sound, it was the reality. Nothing was ever referred to the National Interim Executive Council for approval or even information.”
Ikimi also lambasted Tinubu for parading himself as the national leader of the APC, saying no one gave him such a position. He added that it was unfortunate that some members of the party had tried to justify Tinubu’s unilateral appointment of Oyegun as the national chairman as a concession done to him as the national leader.
He said his problem with the ex-governor began when he opposed the Muslim-Muslim presidential and vice presidential ticket of the party.
“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu may recall that mostly for the same reasons I opposed his desire to run as vice presidential candidate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar under the Action Congress banner in 2007. We settled for Senator Ben Obi from eastern Nigeria.
“I know he nurses a grudge against me for the position I took which was strongly supported by leaders from five zones apart from the South-West. I have no regrets whatsoever for my courage to stand up against oppression or dictatorship. No matter what anyone might say against the PDP, no individual claims ownership of that party,” the statement read in parts.
When one of our correspondents contacted the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for a response to Ikimi’s statement, he said the party had no comment.
In a text message response, Mohammed said, “I have gone through his (Ikimi’s) statement and we have no comments at the moment.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. Hahaha, APC is an expired drug, dat is y thns ar falln apart. This is just d beginnnng

  2. Downfall of Apc has just begin.

  3. Oga Tom Ikimi, when they warned u against this holier than thou party called APC, u refused to hear.Now u hv seen what we hv been saying. PDP might not be good but it is better than APC. Hw can one or two persons high jack party machinery in PDP. Who born that person. We say what happened to former PDP national chairman when he was playing Lord of the party na.Imagine what Buhari & Tinubu are doing with APC.Well Oga Ikimi, it is not too late to retrace ur steps back to PDP.Make hay when the sun shines.A stich in time saves nine.He that has ear, let him hear.

  4. ........no comments at the moment equivalent to guilty as charged! apc is by far more evil than pdp!

  5. Tom Ikimi, cross over to PDP quickly b4 Atiku o! Bcos i trust Atiku. After the next convention, if APC fails to gv hm ticket as presidential bearer, he will definitely find his way out of APC.He has done it b4 & will continue doing it as a political normad.or political Fulani herdsman. Or political ashawo.

  6. Dat is it? Party dat can't organise its house wants to lead a nation! APC is just a pack full of hooligans. This is more reason they can't win presidential election. Pdp is nt good but apc is worse

  7. Hw I wish we all of us shouldn't vote 4dem both pdp n apc we knw wot they both re after we shouldn't give it to them. Then they'll knw dat Nigerians re nt fools they take us for let's join hands n vote they out pdp,apc vote out. I tink dat's d only way we can save dis nation.

  8. They will continue to fail coiz their intentions are based on selfish interest. Evil men!

  9. I said it earlier that the people that brought the ideal of the Merger might mean well for our democracy but Tinubu , with his dictatorial tendencies will ruin the party. I hate him with all my life. He is worst than Idi Amin.

  10. @Victory Ofuchi,stop speaking from both sides of ur mouth.

    1. The last anonymous, you are an animal.

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