Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All progressives Congress (APC), has finally opened up after the ouster of Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s former National Chairman and his loyalist.
In an 1858 statement made on Saturday, Tinubu detailed how the crisis that led to the dissolution of the party’s National working Committee (NWC) could have been prevented.
He admitted that there were mistakes that Oshiomhole must admit, and also spoke about suggestions that he was a failure after the crisis in relation to his stated presidential ambitions.
Here are seven key things the former Governor of Lagos state said:
Tinubu said that although Oshiomhole “tried his best“ by overseeing the party’s Affairs for two years, he acted” too little, too late ” in addressing some of the pressing issues that arose.
He also said that the former national Chairman should recognize the mistakes made during his tenure.
- Some members of the Council went against their Chairman in an attempt to forcibly depose him. Looking back, his attempts to fix the fence were probably too late, ” Tinubu said.
“I believed and continue to believe that comrade Oshiomhole tried my best. Mistakes had been made, and he had to admit them. However, we should also remember that he was a capable and energetic campaigner during the 2019 election. He is a man of considerable ability, like the rest of you who made up the NWC.”
“PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT THE APC WOULD BREAK UP’
Tinubu, one of the founders of the APC, added that some people predicted “a complete collapse of our party” after the crisis.
“Most of these gloomy forecasts came from critics, whose forecasts spoke more about their ill – will than about the objective state of our party,” he said.
Although he called these forecasts premature, he added that “an honest person should recognize that the party has entered a space where it had no good reason to be.”
“THERE IS NO DECISION ON THE 2023 PRESIDENTIAL RACE”
The APC leader also took a swipe at those who said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention in the crisis had shaken his presidential ambitions.
He called these statements “unpleasant”, saying that he had not made any decision regarding the next presidential election.
“I am only a mere mortal who has neither the foresight nor the political wisdom you claim. You have already assigned a colorful epitaph to the death in 2023 of supposed political ambitions that haven’t even been born yet.
“At this mitigating moment, when COVID-19 and its economic consequences haunt us, I can’t see as far as you can. I have not made any decision about 2023, because the problems of this hour are quite important.
“During this period, I did not engage in policy for 2023. I find this a bit distasteful and somewhat indifferent, especially when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the dual public health and economic crisis we face.”
“NWC DEMONSTRATED FIGHT CLUB BEHAVIOR’
Tinubu appealed to former members of the disbanded NWC, who, according to him, did not use party mechanisms to resolve their complaints.
He said that these party leaders wanted to “use the power of the Executive branch to bury each other“ ” thereby demonstrating”the behavior of a fight club (which) is not the culture of a progressive political party.”
“The national working Committee itself was torn apart by unnecessary conflicts. Those who disagreed with each other stopped trying to find a common language,” he said.
“Order, party discipline and mutual respect went out the window. The members of the club brought all sorts of legal cases, most of them destructive, some of them frivolous, but none of them were necessary. At the same time, a thick fog descended on our party.”
- BUHARI’S DECISION MUST BE MADE’
Tinubu praised Buhari’s intervention, saying the President “cares about the state of the party as any parent would care about their offspring.”
“With so many lawsuits that an expanded sheet was needed to track, President Buhari wisely decided that he had seen enough. I do not regret his intervention or the result. I regret that the situation has deteriorated to the point where he felt compelled to intervene, ” he said.
He said it was troubling that”so many trusted people acted in a way that made the President put aside issues of public administration to address these issues.”
- The President spoke, and his decision was made. Now all of us, as members of the APC, are obliged to confirm our commitment to the ideals and principles on which our party was founded,” he added.
“FORMER MEMBERS OF THE NWC SHOULD PUT THEIR SWORDS IN THE SCABBARD”
The leader of the APC called on former members of the party’s NWC to put their swords in the scabbard and “look at the big picture”.
He said party members should” subordinate their ambitions to the health and well-being of the party ” no matter what.
“Our party should never be defined by the interests of one person or even by a combination of the individual interests of all members,”he said, adding that”a successful party should be more than the sum of its parts.”
EDO AND ONDO GUBER
He added that the party must unite to win the gubernatorial elections in Edo, where the incumbent Governor defected to the people’s Democratic party (PDP) and nominated as candidate, and in Ondo States.
“We have the Governor’s election around the corner in Edo and the primary and Ondo elections. We must focus our immediate energy on these important events,” he said.
“In Edo, we must rally around our candidate, pastor Osagie ize Iyamu. In this case comrade Oshiomhole have a crucial role to play. I congratulate him for showing coolness and loyalty to the party and our President by taking the decision to disband the NGO. I now encourage him to return to Edo state to step up his campaign to elect pastor ize-Iyamu.”