- Chief Bisi Akande urged all members of the ruling APC to join hands together to ensure the party remains strong
-The APC chieftain said everyone must work together to save the party, not because of President Buhari or any of the party leaders but for the benefit of generations to come
- Akande stated that he will work with Tinubu and President Buhari in the effort to save the ruling party from collapse
The pioneer interim national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande, on Saturday, February 17, made a passionate appeal to members of the party to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and himself to ensure the party remains strong.
The Nation reports that Akande urged party members to join hands together to make the party “stronger and more attractive for other generations’ to use as a vehicle for political emancipation.”
NAIJ.com gathered that the APC leader, in a statement, said the job at hand is not about Buhari or position sharing or ethnic nationalism, but about the APC.
He spoke against the background of the efforts to reconcile aggrieved groups in the party and suspected moves by some members to dump the party.
Recall that President Buhari earlier mandated Tinubu to resolve the crises in some state chapters of the party.
Akande in his statement said: “To avoid the journey to the undertakers, we are all agreed that prevention is often a wise counsel; More so for the APC. A party born out of necessity at a time Nigeria needed a lifeboat; a new lease of life.
“For the purpose it was birthed it succeeded in unseating an incumbent government. And for a higher purpose it is working hard to succeed at good governance.
“Nobody watches the child he birthed to die just like that. The responsibility to save the child comes suddenly upon the father. The APC cannot be allowed to wither away because of omissions and commissions.
“Times like this call for sacrifice and service. Of note is the saying that a real man, a hero is known by where he stands in the time of adversity. Bola Tinubu, myself and President Buhari stand together in this effort to save APC from itself.
“Serving the nation has complex colours which constantly dazzle distant onlookers. The job at hand is not about Buhari. It is not about position sharing. It is not about ethnic nationalism. It is about the strength and the beauty of one’s deeds at one time or the other. It is about our party – the APC – Buhari or no Buhari.
“Tinubu was a major participant in the emergence of APC! He must never be happy seeing it destroyed.
“Let APC be – no matter who may be lucky using it to gain power, make money, get famous – be such lucky ones born by Yoruba, Ibo or Hausa-Fulani. For as long as APC remains relevant, so long shall Bola Tinubu’s contributions to nation-building be magnified in Nigerian history.
“Guess. Those that are problematic or now crossing away from APC were not part of its initial making. They must have joined after wreaking their old parties and after the merger became recognised and approved by INEC with a view to merely using APC as a platform for positions.
“Let’s all join with Buhari and Bola Tinubu side by side to make APC stronger and more attractive for other generations’ to use as a vehicle for political emancipation.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that Tinubu said that President Buhari is focused on the development of the country and not just about himself.
The 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.
He advised the duo to join the retirement club instead of trying to direct the affairs of the nation.
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