Statement on Buhari by Tinubu Angers APC

Abdullahi Adamu the APCs National Chairman
Abdullahi Adamu the APCs National Chairman

Abdullahi Adamu, the APC’s National Chairman, said on Saturday that the party was dissatisfied with a statement attributed to former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu about President Muhammadu Buhari made in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

During a meeting with APC delegates in Ogun State on Thursday, Tinubu stated that Buhari would not have been elected president of the country in 2015 without his backing.

He went on to say that the president had restored faith in the office following three consecutive setbacks in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

“If not for me that led the war front, Buhari wouldn’t have emerged,” Tinubu remarked.

“He contested first, second and third times, but lost. He even said on television that he won’t contest again.

“But I went to his home in Katsina. I told him you will contest and win, but you won’t joke with the matters of the Yorubas. Since he has emerged I have not been appointed minister. I didn’t get any contract.

“This time, it’s Yoruba turn and in Yorubaland, it’s my tenure.”

The APC leader, Tinubu has since retracted his statement, claiming that it was not intended to belittle the president.

Adamu told media at the APC national secretariat in Abuja that the party had filed an appeal against the statutory delegates’ victory.

He also announced that President Buhari will meet with all APC presidential candidates in Abuja on Saturday night.

On Friday, Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court in Kano gave the APC statutory delegates permission to participate in the party’s presidential primary on Monday in Abuja.

Senator Mas’ud El-Jibrin Doguwa, Hon. Habibu Sani, and Hon. Bilyaminu Yusuf Shin’Kafi brought the lawsuit, and the judge ruled that statutory delegates are constitutionally qualified to attend all meetings, congresses, and conventions of any registered political party in the country.

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