Tinubu Visits Buhari, Okays Oshiomhole’s Leadership as National Chairman 


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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with All Progressives Congress (APC), national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Clutching a book, Tinubu arrived Presidential Villa alone at about 4pm.

The meeting is coming at a time President Buhari is trying to put the party’s house in order following the crises that have trailed the primaries across the country.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Tinubu said, “The meeting is about the nation, the country, our people, peace, stability and economic progress.”

Asked whether he is jittery about the meeting the presidential candidate Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar had in Dubai to unseat Buhari, he replied, “We don’t fear, whether is in the jungle, or is in Dubai or is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategies in anyway they form 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.”

Asked if he was in support of the national Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole’s removal, Tinubu said, “No. We all have to respect the party’s supremacy. You were all here when we had the Congress, we elected the new executives, the convention we had it, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power, we surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomohole.

“That the National Working Committee 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, consensus, where there is no consensus because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level. The next level is the stakeholders delegate and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the  party, national election committee of the party. That shows party supremacy or the freest option, the less cumbersome is to open direct primary, line up and count the number, 1,2,3.  If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.  Then appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals, internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn round against that, you cannot turn against all of that.

“No. Party is supreme, party must be respected, abuses will not do it and anger will not do it. It is party politics, somebody will win and somebody will lose, too bad.”
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