In an ongoing meeting, an individual from the PDP Board of Trustees, Abba Gana and previous FCT Minister, had said Tinubu would work for Atiku in view of his long-standing association with the previous Vice President. In any case, Tinubu called attention to that he stays firm behind Buhari. The previous Governor of Lagos State said this through his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman. Some portion of the announcement by Rahman peruses,
“His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu indicated long ago where he stood on the matter of the 2019 election. He has continued to say he remains firmly behind that patriot, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his mission to rebuild the country from the ruins of the PDP years. Only two days ago, he restated this position while speaking with correspondents at the State House in Abuja.
“He said the PDP could hold their meetings anywhere they liked and that Nigerians know who means well for them and is trustworthy. Where the former FCT Minister, Abba Gana got his conviction that Asiwaju Tinubu would do otherwise is left only to himself. Yes, His Excellency Asiwaju has had a relationship with former Vice President, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, just like he has had with many of other leaders in his political journey. But this is about Nigeria, the well-being of the country and of Nigerians. On this score, he has made his pick.”
“We don’t fear, whether he’s in the jungle or in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategise in anyway they feel but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible. Nigerians will not do that. 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 strategise from anywhere but a leopard cannot change its skin.”
The APC pioneer who anyway said he was against dangers by some gathering men to expel the National Chairman of the gathering, Adams Oshiomhole, included that each part has the duty to regard the amazingness of the gathering. Tinubu featured different stages the gathering experienced before the primaries and also the understandings achieved, saying the individuals who missed out in the primaries ought to acknowledge their destiny as opposed to turning to undermining the gathering matchless quality.
He said: “We all have to respect the party supremacy. You were all here when we had the congress. We elected the new executives at the convention we had. The NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict, domination and abuses of power. We surrendered our rights to the National Working Committee (NWC) headed by Oshiomhole that the NWC should set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections. We signed off for it. So if it is not in our individual favour, so be it. We gave three options- where there is no consensus for one candidate, you go to the next level.
“The next level is the stakeholders’ delegate, and you have to be supervised by the NWC of the party-national election committee of the party. That shows party supremacy or the freest option. If you win, you win and if you fail, go home. Then, appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals, which is the internal mechanism for conflict resolution. So you cannot turn round against that. The party is supreme. It must be respected. Abuses will not do it and anger will not solve it. It is party politics. Someone will win while other will lose too.”