The battle of wits between the APC and some members of the executive arm of government can be compared to a boxing match with gloves off.

This time it's the APC that has shoved it's jab into Itse Sagay's jaw.

The ruling All Progressives Congress has reacted angrily to the comments credited to Professor Sagay, who serves as the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption.

Sagay had in an interview with a national newspaper described the leadership of the All Progressives Congress as "the most unprincipled group of people who are encouraging and accepting rogues" in the party.

He said: "When I say ‘rogues’, I don’t mean stealing. In literature, when you say someone is a rogue elephant, it means people who are running riot and destroying the party."

But the party in response to Sagay’s comments described him as an arrogant man and a rogue elephant who has no respect for even the president.

The party in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, noted that the Webster dictionary defines ‘rogue elephant’ as “one whose behaviour resembles that of a rogue elephant in being aberrant or independent.”

The party noted that the description is more fitting for Sagay:

"Clearly if we have today, anyone in our government or, by extension, the party who feels accountable only to his own ego; who does not feel the need to bridle his tongue for the sake of anything that is higher than himself; who feels independent of everyone and every institution; that person is Professor Sagay.

Prof Itsey Sagay

The APC said;

"In his sheer arrogance, he forgets that it is impossible for him to call out the leadership of the party as “weak” and “unprincipled” without indicting the President, who is the leader of the party and has the fundamental responsibility to build the party.

"If Sagay had any iota of respect for the man who dug him back from inevitable oblivion and puts him in a position in which he now feels superior to everyone, he would channel his opinions and advice to the President on how to make the party stronger and more principled. It appears however that Sagay does not have anything constructive to say about anything. He only knows how to tear down and assault everyone and everything.

"We want to remind Sagay and all other appointees of our government that the only reason they occupy their current position today is because the APC won the election.

"There is, therefore, a matter of honour to show decorum and respect for the party and its leadership. You cannot love the fruit and hate the tree that produced it.”

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