- Says crisis self-inflicted
- Commends sacked NWC members
- Lauds Buhari’s leadership role
BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has blamed political immaturity and unrestrained pursuit of selfish ambition by some prominent members for the intractable crisis that rocked the dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party.
Also, the former Lagos State governor says he only has pity for those bleating about his purported 2023 presidential ambition because COVID-19 and its hounding economic fallout should be of more momentous concerns for all well-meaning Nigerians.
In his official reaction to recent happenings leading to the dissolution of the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC), Asiwaju Tinubu said the APC is emerging stronger from the self-inflicted crisis to “grow and firmly establish itself as the best, most democratic party in the land.”
According to the statement tagged: “BECOMING THE PARTY WE WERE INTENDED TO BE”, the APC Leader begged Party members, aggrieved by the NEC decision to accept the sacrifice asked of them “so that the air can be cleared, the party can assume its proper role of helping this government lead the nation toward enlightened improvement.”
Waxing philosophical in appreciating all party members, including former NWC officers, for the sacrifices made in growing the party, Asiwaju Tinubu said; “Good politics promotes good governance. Yet, politics is also an uncertain venture. No one gets all they want all the time. In even a tightly-woven family, differences and competing interests must be balanced and accommodated.”
“As I understand it, no one has been precluded from seeking any party office to which he is otherwise eligible. Former NWC members are free to seek re-election to the NWC. Provided they have the support of party members, they will have an opportunity to return to serve the party in a leadership capacity. This reflects our overriding desire to restore and maintain internal democracy not subvert it”, he said
Further commending members of the sacked Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC, the former Lagos State Chief Executive said no one can wish away their innumerable contributions to the party, noting that; “Under their collective stewardship, the party earned great and important victories, not least the vital second mandate handed to President Buhari.
“President Buhari’s victory, and the overall electoral success of APC speak highly of them. Our task as a party is to build upon the progress thus made so that both nation and party may advance to their better future.”
Not the type to hold back his thoughts on contentious party issues, the APC Leader took a swipe at individuals drumming up speculations about his perceived 2023 ambition, saying; “To those who have been actively bleating how the President’s actions and the NEC meeting have ended my purported 2023 ambitions, I seek your pity. I am but a mere mortal who does not enjoy the length of foresight or political wisdom you profess to have. Already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born.”
According to him, “At this extenuating moment with COVID-19 and its economic fallout hounding us, I cannot see as far into the distance as you. I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough.
“During this period, I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023. I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face.
“I have devoted these last few months to thinking of policies that may help the nation in the here and now. What I may or may not do 3 years hence seems too remote given present exigencies.
“Those who seek to cast themselves as political Nostradamus’ are free to so engage their energies. I trust the discerning public will give the views of such eager seers the scant weight such divinations warrant.
“Personally, I find greater merit trying to help in the present by offering policy ideas, both privately and publicly, where I think they might help. I will continue in this same mode for the immediate future. 2023 will answer its own questions in due time.”
On his selfless contributions to building and positioning the APC as a winning and goal-driven party, the statement, which he personally signed, further said; “I have toiled for this party as much as any other person and perhaps more than most. Despite this investment or perhaps due to it, I have no problem with making personal sacrifices (and none of us should have such a problem) as long as the party remains true to its progressive, democratic creed. Politics is but a vehicle to arrive at governance.”