All Progressives Congress( APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore any letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo and seek re-election.
Obasanjo, in an
open statement, urged Buhari to stay off the race next year and become a
statesman. But, to Tinubu, the former President is a busybody and not a
democrat whose letter to Buhari had been marked as “not delivered”.
He said the successful hosting of the party’s national convention had proven wrong those who predicted its explosion.
He insisted that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) was a party of the past which had been deserted.
who spoke shortly after the inauguration of the new National Working
Committee of APC, led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said Obasanjo had no
democratic credentials to ask Buhari not to run.
He said: “If anybody must blame you at all; it’s over-democratisation. Those
who asked me not to follow and support a General should better look at
their house; it has been deserted; it is a house of frustration and
migration to other parties.
“I remember one Uncle backdoor, who has been a General himself and who has been elected President; I call him election rigger.
Let us compare the two of you. The man had the temerity to write a
letter, not to the post office. We said, ‘no; we are not using the post
office like that anymore, we are now using email. Your letter is not
delivered, you are analogue’.
“If he had the temerity to say
Buhari must not run again, in which party? Thank God he is not a member
of our party, we hold our future in our hands. What is your business,
busybody? Unfortunately, he has torn the card of his previous party, his
own legacy. So, he has none anymore.
we have a General that they asked me not to follow. They said if you
call yourself a democrat, don’t follow this man. I said I am not mad
enough to listen to your lies. Thank you Muhammadu Buhari for the job you are doing up till today.
have not set half of the records of this General who is not a democrat.
He does not know the meaning of democracy. You have not tried to
dismantle the National Assembly and impeach or remove a governor with
six out of 38 members. You have not done criminal assault on democracy
and they are writing letters.
“Today, through convention, we have changed the leadership of our party, but not at gunpoint as it was done to Mr. Audu Ogbeh.
new elected National Chairman, our new elected national executives, to
my friends the governors, to my dear citizens and members of our great
party, the challenge is confronting us. We thank God that we have been
able to be strong enough to stop 16 years of their looting and broken
promises. There is no way we face 16 years of looting, abuse of power ,
denial, hunger and be able to perform within three years.
“Mr. President, we thank you that you have offered yourself again, run, contest, you must.”
said he almost doubted if the convention would hold until he was proved
wrong by the commitment and dedication of the National Convention
Committee, headed by Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State.
He added: “Sometimes a steel can melt. Mr. calculator, thank you; Badaru, you have delivered.
pigs and their fortune tellers said there will be explosion today. They
predicted that our party will fall apart; that we will never see this
You navigated a very complex situation since you became the chairman of this convention committee.
fact, a week ago, I almost changed my name to Thomas because I doubted
if it was possible to hold this convention today. I gave you a call,
are you set? You said ‘no, Asiwaju. Even though I have not spoken to the
President, we are doing fine.’ Thank you to all of you (all the
members) that showed dedication and commitment and good party leaders to
deliver today for us. May God bless you.”
Tinubu said the APC had come of age within a short time.
said: “To our party members, in less than five years, our dream of a
united party came to fruition. That we need a very strong party to face
the party of the past who had spent 16 years of our precious life to
demolish our economy, frustrated our people and led us almost astray. We
said then: ‘enough is enough.’
“We came together; they called us
all sort of names, they said it was impossible. We bunched together
with just a great symbol of our party, the broom. We brought the
revolution about, we got an Army General (retired) to lead us among
“Some of them called me, they said ‘we don’t
want the General’. One member said: ‘It cannot be General; he was
tired of the Generals. I said until we finished with Boko Haram and
looting we need one more General at least. Sai Baba and you lived up to
the expectations in facing all the challenges.
mind back, dear members. When we came together, there were 12 cases in
court to stop us from being registered, to stop us from bearing our name
(APC), and we said these people in court were the headache of Nigeria
and we said they needed a cure , they needed the medicine of APC.
I must thank the Judiciary for being steadfast in the face of all
intimidation, threat. And now, INEC registered the party, they
registered our name. We marched on and led by this simple-minded General
who is today a great democrat.”
Culled from The Nation Newspaper