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“Tinubu’s appointees behind El-Rufai, Yahaya Bello’s ordeals” – APC chieftain alleges

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Jesutega Onokpasa, has alleged that certain appointees of President Bola Tinubu are plotting to succeed him before the end of his tenure.

According to him, the appointees are also seriously wishing that the president will not make it to 2027 for their selfish reasons.

Onokpasa, a lawyer and former member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, warned those wishing Tinubu dead to desist. 

In a viral video clip, Onokpasa alleged the ongoing drama around the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s allegations against the former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and the continued attack on the former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, were part of plans by the appointees.

He expressed concern over what he called ill-treatments, selective prosecution and hounding meted out on some prominent chieftains of the party since the emergence of Tinubu’s presidency.

Referring to a particular appointee of Tinubu whose name was not mentioned, the chieftain said, “You drive Rufai away, you start hounding Ganduje, although there are other things involved, you start attacking Yahaya Bello, what did you do? You don’t have mandate my friend, you are just an appointee… you think we don’t know what is going on?

“Listen, Asiwaju is a child of God. Asiwaju will rule this country for eight complete years. There is nothing anybody can do about that. He will rule these first four years, he will so perform, Nigerians, again, will vote for him and next time around, we will win a majority of the total votes cast. 

“So, all these your satanic plans, plotting that our President will not make it to 2027, you are wasting your time. Get that through your head.”

The party chieftain also bemoaned what he called the attitude of “using and dumping” people who worked for the victory of the president in 2023, while those who were against the President and even insulted him, were being given priorities “over authentic supporters and genuine BATists.”

Onokpasa said, “Of recent concern to me is the case of my younger brother, His Excellency, the former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. 

“In this party, we have had our brother, the former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai basically chased out of our party despite what he did for us to make us win. 

“Now, it is Yahaya Bello. A few weeks or months ago, it was our National Chairman, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje that was basically almost being chased from our party.”

Onokpasa added, “Listen, we cannot tolerate such nonsense in a party. Let everybody in this party come to his senses. We know how we won election. We won election because of the grace of God, because the grace of God is upon our president, Asiwaju. 

“We won election with the lowest margin. This our government has the lowest margin since 1999. We won with less than 40 per cent of the votes. In every other election, someone had won with 50 per cent of the votes. 

“Everybody that contributed to our victory is important to me, because me, I am a fanatical BATist. This is the way I see Bola Tinubu’s administration. Bola Tinubu is a child of grace. 

“The way I see it, God wants Bola Tinubu to be our president and we need him to be our President for eight years. What we should all square up to right now is a question of, there is no need to beat about the bush; there are people in our party who don’t believe in our President. For whatever reason they feel, I don’t know where they went to, that’s their headache.”

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