A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said yesterday that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is going nowhere in the 2019 election.
Speaking with State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, he said Atiku could meet with his supporters anywhere in the world to strategize, but that Nigerians would not vote for him.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, was reacting to the meeting Atiku held with some PDP leaders in Dubai (UAE) where they reportedly strategized on how to approach the 2019 elections.
Tinubu was with Buhari for about 90 minutes.
“We don’t fear, whether it is in the jungle, or is in Dubai or it is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategize in any way they want but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that,” he said.
“They say slow and steady wins the race; we inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people. We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategize from anywhere but a leopard cannot change its skin,” he said.
He said he discussed with the President issues relating to the country’s peace, stability and economic progress.
Oshiomhole on right path
Tinubu said the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was on the right path and faulted the calls by some governors for his sack.
“We all have to respect the party supremacy. You were all here when we had the congress. We elected the new executives, the convention we had it, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict; to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power. We surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomhole.
“That the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various states congresses and elections, we signed off for it. So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it. We gave three options, consensus, where there is no consensus because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.
“The next level is the stakeholders delegate and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, the national election committee of the party. That shows party supremacy or the freest option. The less cumbersome is to open direct primary, line up and count the number, 1,2,3. If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.
“Then appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals – internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn round against that, you cannot turn against all of that. No. Party is supreme, party must be respected, abuses will not do it and anger will not do it. It is party politics, somebody will win and somebody will lose, too bad,” he said.
In a separate interview at the Villa, Oshiomhole said he was absolutely committed to justice, fairness and that he is a stickler to enforcement of rules.
“I have no illusions; this job I am doing is not a pensionable job; but I did promise myself that if I am going to be on this job for one day, I will do according to the rules and according to my conscience; I will be fair and just to all and God will give me the courage and the wisdom to do his will. How far that can take me is exclusively in the hands of God,” he said.
There had been insinuations that some APC governors had perfected plans to remove Oshiomhole over the role he played in the recent primaries conducted by the party.
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