Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
By Our Reporter
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Bola Ahmed Tinubu has shelved his plans to contest the presidential election in 2023. He said ‘I have not taken a decision to run for president in 2023, I am more worried about the health and economic challenges facing the country at the moment’
“To those who have been actively bleating how the President’s actions and the NEC meeting have ended my purported 2023 ambitions, I seek your pity.”
Tinubu divulged his opinion in a statement he signed on Saturday.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for stepping in to resolve the crisis rocking the party but was unhappy that the crisis degenerated to the point where he felt compelled to intervene.
The Lion of Bourdillion as fondly referred to by allies urged different parties to sheathe their swords.
He thanked Oshiomhole for his roles in the office and for accepting the decision of the APC NEC meeting and advised him to return to Edo and ensure Ize-Iyamu emerged the winner of the governorship election in Edo.
In a related development, The presidency said the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu are still very strong, despite the dissolution of the national executive of the party, which was firmly under the grip of the politician, due to protracted leadership crisis.
Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman, made the clarification in a statement Saturday, dismissing widely held views that the move was done to cut the leader, who is nursing a presidential bid for 2023, to size.
The statement reads: “The very essence of the requests put to the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, which were unanimously approved aimed to pull back the party, faced with an existential crisis from the brink of collapse, followed the constitution and took everyone along.
While this action has been widely accepted with great relief by lovers of democracy and the rank and file of the membership, we are concerned that political vulturism masquerading as “smart analysis” is selling the commentary that this is a Buhari-Tinubu “showdown.” Nothing can be farther from the truth.
To put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who are reckoned as the founding fathers of the APC are both inspired by democratic norms, national interest and not at all by partisan motivations. These are the qualities that have made them move past cynical distractions.
They are in touch with one another. Their relationship remains as strong as ever and between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship.Try as hard as they could, the opposition parties have used all their intellectuals and their supporters in the media to break this relationship and have failed. And they won’t’.
‘For President Buhari who has received much of the cynical commentary, Nigerians know him as someone who will not do anything with bad intentions. Neither will he do anything out of partisan motivations or for himself.”
‘This whole exercise, that should lead to massive reform and overhaul of the leadership of the party, as he said in that brilliant speech, was ”to save the APC from the imminent self-destruction. We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us and ensure that the party is run in accordance with democratic norms and with consensus. We have to work for the benefit of the country.”
The leaders of the party, who have received two successive massive mandates to govern the country and a majority of the states should be judged by how this exercise turns out in achieving these objectives, not cursed at the mere commencement of the process.