Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, has said there is no Cold War between him and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior. Tinubu affirmed this in a statement by his Media Office on Tuesday following media reports that the outcome of the meeting of the highest decision-making body of the APC in Lagos State, Governor’s Advisory Council, banning all groups within the party was targeted at Aregbesola. Two of the top groups banned and mentioned by the GAC in the communique of its meeting, Justice Forum and Mandate Group, were founded by or supporting Tinubu and Aregbesola.
While the MG is made up of loyalists of Tinubu, the JF was founded by Aregbesola.
But Tinubu in the statement on Tuesday after the meeting of the GAC said: “Today, the Governor’s Advisory Council, the highest decision-making body within the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, passed a resolution calling for the disbandment of all factional groups within the party.
“This was to promote discipline, harmony and cohesion and engender party supremacy. The APC is one united political family in Lagos.
“Our attention has, however, been drawn to a report in an online newspaper alleging that the GAC’s appropriate and candid resolution had worsened a phantom cold war between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
“This is a figment of the imagination of the news organization that authored the report. Asiwaju Tinubu remains Ogbeni Aregbesola’s leader. The former governor of Osun State has been unswervingly and wholly committed to the progressive ideology of the Tinubu political family.
“There is no war, cold or hot, between them. There has never been and there will never be. Asiwaju believes in him and he believes in the APC leader.
“Our political family remains strong. And we are staying focused in our commitment to building and maintaining a cohesive political party.
“The GAC is a very strong body within the APC leadership structure in Lagos. Its resolution is not targeted at any particular individual or collection of individuals.
“The resolution was to restate the often-stated position that the only group known to us is APC and not any of the factional groups. It was to renew the commitment to APC and its unity.
“Ogbeni Aregbesola is a strong member of the political family. The GAC position does not imply any division within the group. The resolution is well-meaning and should not be misinterpreted.
“To do so impulsively as the authors of the report has done is to take the frontier of reporting away from facts to the realm of groundless speculations.”