Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says it will be disastrous if Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), fails in his mission to reconcile aggrieved members of the ruling party.
Two weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Tinubu to carry out the task.
Speaking with journalists on Sunday, Sani expressed hope that Tinubu would be able to build “a seventh mainland” to connect the divide in the party.
He asked APC members to “put their ambitions in their pockets” and wait for Tinubu to address the issues.
“It is going to be a tragedy if he fails. This is what I know and I can speak in parables. It is left for Asiwaju to build the bridges. Lagos is known for bridges; therefore we hope that there will be Seventh Mainland Bridge to connect the divide, but we are not sure of this,” Sani said.
“Right now, the party is already divided in Kaduna and it is for the national secretariat to note this and we have said it in clear terms. The problem has defied solution for two years, but we believe that Asiwaju can do a lot of reconciliation. We hope that he will be able to achieve a lot, because if he fails, it is going to be doom for the party.
“In the process where reconciliation is taking place now, I think it is in our interest to put our ambitions in our pockets according to what Mr President said and wait for Asiwaju to address the problem.”
The senator said it should be of great of concern that the party that came to power with much goodwill, “has found itself in a civil war with itself”.
“Right now, the APC is both the government and the opposition, because most of the criticism and opposition that is going on in the country is within the APC itself,” he said.
“If a clique of people believe that they the party and other people are strangers, then the recipe for crisis has been set.”