Saturday, 27 June 2020

Tinubu debunks 2023 presidential ambition as he breaks silence over APC crisis, says he agrees with Buhari over NWC dissolution

The All Progressive Congress  National Leader , Bola Asiwaju Tinubu , has reacted to the controversies of his rumored 2023 presidential ambition. The National Leader debunked the rumor and he also confirmed that he has agreed with President Buhari over his actions to dissolve the National Working Committee.

I begin by commending former members of the NWC. Under their collective stewardship, the party earned great and important victories and the overall election success of APC speak highly of them. Yet, for some months we have experienced growing disagreement within the leadership of the party. This unfortunate competition had grown so intense as to impair the performance of the party and undermining internal cohesion and discipline.

If not checked, we will be in danger of losing our collective purpose. A political party that has lost sight of the reason for its existence becomes little more than vehicle of blind and clashing ambitions. This is not what drove the APC’s creation. Those who were there and contributed most to the party’s genesis embraced a common vision of progressive good governance. Sadly , while many of us remain faithful to our ideals, a significant few have allowed personal ambition to trump national imperatives.

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Such displays are the behavior of a fight club not the culture of a progressive political party. For the average man, watching politicians wrestle for position is poor substitute to seeing them working for the benefit of all, building roads and creating jobs.

It had been my hope that the disagreement within our party could eventually be resolved. After all, a political solution should not be beyond the ken of leaders of a major political party. Unfortunately, such resolution has failed to materialize. Instead, our unity has suffered under a barrage of lawsuits so numerous a spreadsheet is required to keep track. President Buhari has decided that he has seen enough. I agree with him.

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I do not lament his intervention or its outcome. I lament that the situation degenerated to the point where he felt compelled to intervene. The president has spoken and his decision has been accepted. Our job is to recommit to our founding ideals and principles. Members must subordinate their ambitions to the health and well-being of the party. Never should our party be defined by one person’s interests or even the amalgam of all members’ individual interests. A successful party must be greater than the sum of its parts .

In this vein, I appeal to all my former members of the Working National Committee and all members of our great party to sheathe their swords and look to the larger picture, the upcoming elections in Edo and Ondo.

I applaud Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for his equanimity and loyalty to the party and our president and I encourage him, now, to return to Edo State to energize the campaign for the election of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.

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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. Already, you have witnessed the demise of an alleged political ambition that is yet even born.

I trust the discerning public will give your over-excited prognostication the scant weight such divination deserves . I have toiled for this party as much as any other person. Despite this or perhaps because of it, I have no problem with making personal sacrifices as long as the party remains true to its progressive, democratic creed. Politics is but a vehicle to arrive at good governance.

My fellow party members, I urge you to accept the sacrifice you have been asked to make so they the party can assume its proper role of helping this government lead the nation toward enlightened improvements

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