Why I can’t abandon APC – Tinubu


A key chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he cannot abandon the party despite the noticeable mistakes.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

The former governor of Lagos State, who was a key backer of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 presidential election, in his tweet account, ‏@AsiwajuTinubu, yesterday voiced his commitment to the APC which, he said, he laboured with others to build.

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Tinubu’s tweets followed media reports which suggested that he, along with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, some other aggrieved APC chieftains and the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had intensified talks towards forming a mega opposition party before the end of March, 2017, particularly, going by the outcome of the Ondo State governorship election.

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The series of tweets from Tinubu read: “In our journey to national betterment, plans and policies will be made, then amended. Mistakes will occur and then corrected.

“Achievements will be had and replicated. Through it all, I, Asiwaju will remain true to the progressive ideals that fueled the creation of the APC.

“I have devoted my political life to achieve what has been achieved. My heart is too much of the people and my mind too fixed on establishing a positive historic legacy… rather than engage in destructive pettiness.

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“This government, APC, is for the betterment of the people and the national purpose is bigger and more important than any individual’s desires.

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“This is a party I labored with others to build. We would not abandon it for another. Millions of Nigerians who voted are watching and praying.”

It could be recalled that the Presidency had earlier denied any form of feud between President Buhari and Tinubu in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, after the Ondo State governorship election.

“Any suggestions that the President and the party machinery were working to destroy Tinubu had no foundation in truth or any credibility. The President was impressed by Tinubu’s assurance not to work against the party in Ondo and he honoured his words,” the statement added.

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The statement was issued to counter those who viewed the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu as a loss to Tinubu who was believed to have supported the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Olusola Oke.


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