Why Buhari asked me to reconcile APC – Bola Tinubu

APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents
File Photo of APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (30/10/17) 05775/30/10/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress says President Muhammadu Buhari asked him to reconcile feuding and aggrieved members because the ruling party is no longer where it was when it won the 2015 general elections.

Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, said this on Wednesday before meeting, behind closed-doors, the party’s National Working Committee at its National Secretariat in Abuja.

He said the party came into power with a lot of expectations and goodwill some of which have dissipated. He said he was at the secretariat to consult and seek opinions on how to reconcile and move the party forward.

“I am here to consult since you are already aware of the directive and announcement of the President who is the leader of our party and the President of this country.

“First, let me sympathise with our National Vice Chairman’ North Central for the various incidents happening around that corridor and extend our condolences on behalf of the people and our party and equally condole you on the death of John Shagaya, a very great national patriot. May his soul Rest In Peace and may God bring peace to Benue, Taraba, Plateau and to the country as a whole, including Nasarawa and all other places being affected by the age-old system that we are now currently facing the challenges of.”

On the friction in the party, he said the solution was to seek opinions and advice of members “on the various complex issues around some states or if there is any national one, to reconcile, move the party in a cohesive manner and reposition if any and build the confidence among ourselves.”

He said he was prepared to listen to various views on the challenges the party has.

“After the last convention of the party, congresses were held from various wards to elect representatives from the ward, local government and states levels as well as the national level.

“We worked hard for victory. We have never govern before, but we won the confidence of Nigerians to govern. We have a creed to really serve the country, change and reform the country. It is not easy to have those changes implemented like instant coffee. We have to grow it and face challenges. I sympathize with us and we should equally look at ourselves.”

“The challenges faced by our government and the President is enormous. It is only because people are not paying attention to the various statistics that are available and we have to push that. I won’t touch those areas yet.

“The challenges of security, the challenges of reforms and re-engineering the finances of this country, stopping the corruption and challenging the status quo to change and reform ourselves is there. It doesn’t go away over night. You work on and work hard at it.

“For us, we have been patient, we have persevered to having this victory, but how are we now? We should equally face the immediate, medium and serious challenges that politically, we will be facing. I believe that our party is the hope of Nigeria to improve quality of lives and we will do that.”

The National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, while welcoming Mr. Tinubu, said his visit was important as it would unify the party behind one objective.

“Your visit is very significant in view of your Presidential assignment which I will describe as a peace ambassador, to heal wounds where the party has wounds and bring everybody together behind one single objective, which is the APC being in good condition to be a fighting political force such that in 2019, the election will become virtually a runaway victory for the party.

“There is no question at all that we have major issues with the National Assembly, major issues in Kano, Kogi, Benue states which the current challenge that we are facing. So, we truly welcome your appointment and I want to say that we will give you all the assistance that you will possibly need to make your assignment a most successful one.”

After the meeting, he asked by journalists how he planned to go about the reconciliation task given to him.

“We are in the building of APC national secretariat and we have a spokesperson,” he said. “I just made a personal appearance to you out of respect. I will handover to the spokesperson of the party. Those personal questions come another day.”

Addressing the press after Mr. Tinubu left, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdulahi, said the party was ready to work with Mr. Tinubu on his assignment.

“In this meeting we made it clear that we want to work together and the National Chairman said in whatever way we need to support in this assignment.”

The terms of reference of Mr. Tinubu, according to the publicity secretary, was to reconcile members and build the party towards 2019.

“To look at areas across the country where we have issues, to reconcile members and to build the party to move forward ahead of 2019 election.”

Speaking on who will work with Mr. Tinubu in his assignment, Mr Abdullahi said: “He has been given the assignment and he will determine how to run it and we have decided to work with him.”


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  • West

    You will used and dump again

  • Debekeme

    Tinubu, You have limited options but to swim or sink with Buhari.

    If you join those against Buhari, they can never offer you what you can get by teaming up with Buhari. So this is a calculated risk for you.

    BUT in an ideal world, if you really put Nigeria’s interest before your personal interest then the right thing to do is for you to help us get Buhari out of Aso Rock and get the right man in.

    You are good at identifying talents, find the right man for the job and send Buhari back to Daura.

    • Otile

      Corrupt talents like Fashola ati mumu Oba you mean?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Asiwaju…….you go explain tire.

    Working to reinstall a failed government through more lies abi ?

  • AryLoyds

    I bet tinubu is just talking to appease the slave master at the top.
    Buhari is and ‘was’ a calamity

  • Okokondem

    The mere possibility that Tinubu and other members of the APC from the south, especially the southwest, are preparing themselves to be manipulated and taken advantage of, again, ahead of the next elections by their northern counterparts is troubling for Nigeria in general and the South in particular.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    Dumbos…politics is not jiving. PDP had a similar challenge and has never recovered. Are you guys miffed that APC is a better organised entity? No one gets elected without belonging to a Party so all your futile attempts to short circuit Mr President won’t work. Go join PDP already heading for the abyss!

  • Sword of Damocles

    Jagaban is an astute political strategist. With him, what you see is not necessarily what you get.Gen. Buhari has made his bed with his plethora of revanchist/sectional candidates to occupy almost all of the National security apparatus in Nigeria. Come 2019, he must lay in it. Does anyone recall how it took Gen Buhari SIX MONTHS to appoint his cabinet, and when he was done what did Nigeria end up with? a retinue of unending, overwhelming MEDIOCRITY. Par for course, what did he do in the aftermath of the Ikoyi $ heist? He appointed another septuagenarian career thief, Babangana Kingibe as chair of a committee to investigate the matter and to date, we know that Kingibe & his “girlfriends” have chopped a minimum of $200,000 our of that $43million, and where planning to chop the rest with Aso Rock COS Kyari , if NSA Moguno had not had the $43 million moved from NIA custody.. Ironic, isnt it , Gen Buhari has turned his face away, while his cronies pillage & rape Nigeria just like Jonathan the cursed. I do not believe that Tinubu would handover the SW votes over to Buhari & Kaduna mafia clique on a golden platter in 2019, especially after the rash of appointments the President made following his election. Dont forget that Tinubu was sidelined by Gen. Buhari & his Daura/Tribal cabal after he was inaugurated. I shall watch Jagaban moves very closely, and i am sure he wont dissapoint

    • Okakuoofbenin

      Jagabanoshi wo? Jor jor. He won’t disappoint ko? He is lifting nine hundred thousand barrels per month through his brother and you guy say he has been sidelined. Your Jaguda is only interested in his pocket and the simple reason he sees or hears no evil.

  • christian ewulonu

    Tinubu can no more rescue this dead party, Buhari must go nigeria is not Republic of Hausa/fulani this Feudist tribes has held Nigeria development down since independence they dont know modernisation we just tired of this tribes and the burden the English man gave to we southerners(igbo, yoruba, ijaw, ibibio) i will propose to this hausa/ fulani groupes to go form the Islamic Republic of Hausa/fulani or which way Islamic republic of Northern Nigeria really our tolerants has run out this groupes does not have a nigeria agenda they are just here to waste our time they should just go their leaders can only rule islamic tribes not circullar nation like Nigeria. Tinubu should not waste his time their spell on nigeria is broken. Buhari must go or nigeria is Doomed.

  • christian ewulonu

    imagine Buhari who calls himself president look at his utteranses even me at my forties cannot say such, leading us with utmost disrespect what do he think he is he was voted to lead and serve but has become to arrogant looking down on us cannot even come down form his high stool to talk to us imagine a president who dont even have a Waec certificate i am totallly embarrased all you who gathered and brought this thing must find a way to rescue us from this monster too many blood of the innocent has been shed in his hand. BUHARI MUST GO or NIGERIA IS DOOMED.a stich in time saves nine the adage says.i am 44 years old.we have no much time anymore.