- Chief Bola Tinubu asked Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida to join the retirement club and receive pension
- This was in reaction to the calls by the former leaders to President Buhari not to seek re-election in the 2019 polls
- The APC chieftain said the party wants to leave the country with a legacy
Chief Bola Tinubu has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is focused on the development of the country and not just about himself.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain spoke after his meeting with the president on Tuesday, February 13, which he attended with Chief Bisi Akande.
Tinubu also responded to the call by former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, to President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
The APC chieftain advised the duo to join the retirement club instead of trying to direct the affairs of the nation.
He said: “I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested. It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la carte but they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.”
On the position given to him by the president to reconcile aggrieved members of the party, Tinubu said: “Well, l feel greatly honoured with the mutual confidence that the president has reposed in me which is a very strong political challenge. We have started in earnest. He has given me free hand to put coercion, confidence and trust in the party.
“Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from. But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr President. That is what he’s telling the country.
“It’s about our country and no other choice to democratic tenets than through political party platforms.”
NAIJ.com had reported that as part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the ruling APC, President Buhari designated Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building efforts in the party.
Tinubu is expected to lead a committee to reconcile aggrieved party members across the country.
His experience in politicking is expected to galvanise APC members across the nation to unite ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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