Chairman of the Elders Advisory Council of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Oyo State, Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has cautioned members of the party against going to media to discredit the image of the party.
The former governor of Oyo, made this disclosure on Tuesday while addressing some members of the party who came to visit him at his Ibadan residence.
He declared that the era of disrespect and impunity for party authority in the State had gone.
Akala said: “Anybody that calls him or herself a politician can never be a recognized politician without first belonging to a political party.
“The political party will serve as your Identity. It is on the platform of that political party that you will ply your political trade.
“You can never use your surname to contest and win an election, so why can’t we abide by the rules guiding the party.
“Treating that platform that gave you a political leverage with disdain and disrespect will no longer be tolerated.
“The era of members of the party going on radio, granting newspaper interviews or going on social media to tarnish the hard earned image of the party has come to an end.
“Anybody caught in this web of impunity will be sanctioned appropriately as prescribed by the constitution of the party.
“There are rules of engagement and it will henceforth be followed to the latter. This coming state congress, you members of the party will decide who you want as your leaders.
“Anybody clamouring for the party structure is wasting his or her time. The party has returned to the people who are the members of the party. The people own the party not any leader or stakeholder. Without you followers, we cannot exist as the leaders you call us,”