A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said yesterday that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, could not possibly win the 2019 election.
Tinubu said this during a chat with State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, noting that Atiku was free to meet with his supporters anywhere in the world to strategize, but that Nigerians would not vote for him.
This comes after the meeting Atiku held with some PDP leaders in Dubai (UAE) where they reportedly strategized on how to take power in 2019.
“We don’t fear, whether it is in the jungle, or is in Dubai or it is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategize in any way they want but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that,” Tinubu said, after meeting Buhari for 90 minutes.
“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 strategize from anywhere but a leopard cannot change its skin.”
The former Lagos Satte governor said the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was on the right path and faulted the calls by some governors for his sack.
“We all have to respect the 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 Oshiomhole.
“That the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various states 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, the 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,” he said.