Presidency reacts to Tinubu’s comments on Buhari in Ogun



By Ismaila Chafe

The Presidency has expressed reservations over comments attributed to one of the All Progressives Congress’ aspirants in the party’s presidential primary on June 7, BolaTinubu, in Abeokuta, Ogun, recently.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu was reported to have attributed the success recorded by the APC leading to the defeat of the ruling party then, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to his sole support to Buhari.

Tinubu was reported to have bursted that he convinced the president to recontest the presidential election in 2015 even after he announced his retirement from politics.

However, Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, dismissed Tinubu’s position, saying no single individual should claim political victory for the APC in 2015 presidential election.

The statement said: “It is perhaps not surprising that on the eve of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer primary there are those running as candidates who wish to associate themselves with the President’s rise to elected office seven years ago.

“There are many people who played parts large and small in his historic election in 2015, making history as the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president with power changing hands peacefully at the ballot box.

“There are those who advised the President to run again; those who decided to build a political party – the APC – that could finally be the political vehicle capable of delivering victory where all other opposition parties and alliances before it had failed.

“Those decisions may have been agreed upon by a few. But they were delivered by thousands and voted for by tens of millions. No one can or should claim to have made this possible.

“Yet as important as that moment was, it is not what should decide the next general election.

“What matters is the future: the policy platforms, the ideas, the drive, and the determination to take over the President’s stewardship of our country and build upon his legacy to make our country better than it has ever been.

“The person most demonstrable in those qualities is the one to lead our party and our country forward.” (NAN)