2019: Leave me out of debate on Buhari – Tinubu

2019: Leave me out of debate on Buhari – Tinubu

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:34 am

Buhari and Tinubu at the presidential villa on Monday

Ayorinde Oluokun/ Abuja

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday said he will not join in the discussions and clamours by various groups and individuals within and outside the party on whether President Muhammadu Buhari should run for a second tenure.

“Don’t discuss that one with me,” Tinubu told journalists who asked him if he is in support of second term for the President after he met Buhari at a closed door meeting ahead of the party’s caucus meeting in Abuja.

He also declared that there was no cabal in Buhari’s government, arguing that the APC is a party for the people, by the people and for the people adding that “it is a democratic environment; each of us has our roles to play and that is how we are playing it.

“I don’t believe in the myth; I believe in the confidence building, the trust that we have in the President and in building that confidence in a journey of democracy you are going to have twists and turns.

“Conflict resolution mechanism is inbuilt in how you handle your party; the governance and the party are joined by the hips.’’

Tinubu also said the “APC government is on course and focused on necessary things about the development, the welfare and progress of Nigerians.

The former governor of Lagos and Senator stated that it was not easy to face the challenges and the problems that the party inherited.

Accordingly, he said that the citizens will find happiness and development in the future in the country.

On his meeting with the President, he said there was a confidential aspect that he would not say but added that “our discussion was fruitful, productive and was about the country and leadership as a whole.

“That brought me very excited and happy.’’

Tinubu also debunked insinuations that he was not in the good terms with the President and had been sidetracked by the cabals describing it as “fake news’’.

“I have confidence in this President; there is no doubt about it.

“We worked hard to bring a government about but there are certain things that are unpredictable and those are things that can lend itself to gossip, insinuations and all of that.

“But once you create leadership and it is functional you don’t have to baby-sit that leadership unless there is an old strain of confidence.

“They don’t have that; so you know me I am not known to shy away from talking my mind and rebelling if it is necessary and taking charge of things I believe are necessary,’’ he added.


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