Speaking to state house correspondents after his meeting with President Buhari at the presidnetial villa yesterday, October 31st, Tinubu said Nigerians will never go back to the ‘pit’ it came out from after the 16-year rule of PDP.
The former Lagos state governor stressed that the dream of the PDP presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, to unseat President Buhari come 2019, will come crashing before his very eyes.
When asked by the state house correspondents if he is scared of all the political meetings Atiku has been having, particularly the one in Dubai recently, Tinubu said.
”We don’t fear, whether it is in the jungle or in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi; people are free to meet and strategise in anyway they want 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 inhabited for 16 years. They can strategise from anywhere but a leopard cannot change its skin,” he said.
Tinubu who is a member of the Board of Trustees of APC, also commented on the rumored plans by some party bigwigs and some state governors, to unseat the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole. Asked if he is support with plans to remove Oshimole, Tinubu said
”No. We all have to respect party 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. The 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.” he said