he National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to all former members of the National Working Committee and all members of the party to sheathe their swords and look to the larger picture as members must subordinate their ambitions to health and well-being of the party, never should the party be defined by one person’s interests or even the amalgam of all members’ individual interests.
In a statement signed by the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday, while reacting to APC Crisis, he said the party has governorship elections around the corner in Edo and a primary and elections in Ondo. “On these important events we must concentrate our immediate energies”.
“With lawsuits so numerous one needed a spread sheet to keep track, President Buhari has reasonably decided that he has seen enough. I do not lament his intervention or its outcome. I lament that the situation degenerated to the point where he felt compelled to intervene.
President Buhari is much more than a mere beneficiary of the party. He is one of its founding fathers. The APC does not exist in its current form without his singular contributions. That is not opinion; it is undisputed fact. Given these antecedents, he cares about the condition of the party as any parent would care for its offspring. President Buhari has done what any parent in his position and with his authority would do”, he said.
He added that members must restore the collegial nature to the party so that it should be in the practice of coming to support the President instead of him having to rescue the party from itself. “In Edo, we must rally round our candidate Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu. In this, Comrade Oshiomhole has a crucial role to play.
“I congratulate him for his equanimity and loyalty to the party and our President in accepting the dissolution of the NWC. I encourage him, now, to return to Edo State to energise the campaign for the election of Pastor Ize-Iyamu. In Ondo, we must set the procedures for primaries and conduct that exercise in a fair, transparent manner that shows the Nigerian people the party has left turmoil behind”, he said.
In addition to the daily operation of the party, the Caretaker Committee has the mandate to prepare for a mini national convention within six months. “We must give the committee the support needed to fulfil this assignment in an impartial manner. As I understand it, no one has been precluded from seeking any party office to which he is otherwise eligible. Former NWC members are free to seek re-election to the NWC.
“Provided they have the support of party members, they will have an opportunity to return to serve the party in a leadership capacity. This reflects our overriding desire to restore and maintain internal democracy not subvert it. 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.
“I am but a mere mortal who does not enjoy the length of foresight or political wisdom you profess to have. Already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born. At this extenuating moment with COVID-19 and its economic fallout hounding us, I cannot see as far into the distance as you. I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough”, he said.
He said this period, he has not busied himself with politicking regarding 2023. “I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face. I have devoted these last few months to thinking of policies that may help the nation in the here and now.
“What I may or may not do 3 years hence seems too remote given present exigencies. Those who seek to cast themselves as political Nostradamus’ are free to so engage their energies. I trust the discerning public will give the views of such eager seers the scant weight such divinations warrant. Personally, I find greater merit trying to help in the present by offering policy ideas, both privately and publicly, where I think they might help”, he said.