The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the remarks made by presidential hopeful and the chieftain of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, against President Muhammadu Buhari.
“What we have seen and heard what the former governor of Lagos state Bola Ahmed Tinubu said in Abeokuta is wrong of him,” Mr Adamu said (As translated). “But if he has a misunderstanding with anybody, he shouldn’t have dragged Buhari into it, to the extent of making a mockery of the president that if not for him, Mr Buhari would not have become the president.”
When the reporter sought to clarify if Mr Tinubu’s comments were untrue, Mr Adamu sidestepped it, saying it was irresponsible for Mr Tinubu to make the statements.
“Okay, let’s agree he helped him. Is it proper to come in public and tell the whole world that he even cried to him? That’s very irresponsible of him,” Mr Adamu said. “Nobody is against his ambition but he cannot go and make irresponsible statements and think we will keep quiet and watch him degrade the president, we will not take it from anybody. We will continue to protect and shield the president. It is our duty to do that.”
The backlash from the APC leader comes days after Mr Tinubu had gone on a tirade while speaking to the party’s delegates in Ogun State. In his rant, Mr Tinubu claimed that without him, Mr Buhari would not have emerged as Nigeria’s president in 2015.
“He tried the first time and failed. He tried a second time and failed. He tried a third time and failed. He even cried on television that he will never run for president again,” Mr Tinubu said. “I went to meet him and told him this is not a crying matter: ‘we will support you and you will be president’.”
The presidential hopeful also publicly claimed credit for the emergence of Dapo Abiodun as Ogun governor in 2019. He also helped former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and former chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu.
Though the statements had been retracted by Mr Tinubu himself, the APC may activate disciplinary action against him.
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