The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, re-affirmed his support for Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu against the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, for the party’s ticket ahead of the 2019 governorship election.
When asked why he withdrew his support for Ambode whom he had endorsed in 2014, Tinubu said he believes character is important in politics and that governance is “beyond bricks and mortar”.
He further explained that although the governor has done well during his time in office, he has not been a good party man.
He also said he is yielding to the wishes of his supporters who made him the leader of the party in the state.
“Who did I support in 2014? Ambode. Life is dynamic. It’s those who made me the leader of the structure in Lagos who said it was what they want. It’s only if you have followership that you’re a leader in democracy.
“If I look back and I don’t find them again; if I don’t respond to them, if I fail to accede to their request, I would have failed the leadership test.
“This is not personal; it is beyond me as a person. Every democratic constitution is preceded by ‘We, the people’. So, I had to submit myself to the wishes and the yearnings of our party.
“This is an elixir for the general election. Ambode Akin, he’s doing well, yes; he hasn’t been a good party man; not only the glamour, not only about brick and mortal. A talent is determined by character. For you to become an influential person, you have to respond to the yearnings of the people. This is politics; democracy, one man, one vote,” he said.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has praised the founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, for what he described as his level of humility despite being successful.
Tinubu said this on Monday at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Expo Hall in Lagos during the launch of Ovia’s book titled ‘Africa Rise And Shine’.
“What is most telling about Jim’s personality is how he has remained a humble man despite his herald success,” he said.
Tinubu added that the renowned banker would not have been successful without the assistance of others. He also commended Ovia for his humanitarian and philanthropic gestures, giving back to the society.
“The same sense of compassion enabled Jim to help multitude through his supervision and many colleges and humanitarian works. He gives back to the society by helping, educate and train the generation of African entrepreneurs,” he added.
Dignitaries including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were at the book launch.
Others include foremost chartered accountant, Akintola Willams; CEO Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh; Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa, Tony Elumelu.
Billionaire businesswoman, Folorunsho Alakija; Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Christopher Kolade; political economist, Pat Utomi, among others were also at the event.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, believes Mr Adegboyega Oyetola is the right person to take Osun State to the next level.
Tinubu said this at the weekend in Osogbo, the state capital where he solicited support for Oyetola, the APC candidate in the September 22 governorship election in the state.
He stressed that with his credentials and competence and the performance of the outgoing governor Mr Rauf Aregbesola, the APC flag bearer was the best man for the job and the one to beat in the race.
The APC leader explained that he was backing the insurance expert in order to help replicate the economic and infrastructural development witnessed in Lagos State in Osun.
The former governor spoke during separate visits to the palaces of Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, and Owa-Obokun of Ijeshaland, Oba Adekunle Aremolaran, where he sought royal blessings for the party’s candidate.
At the palace of Ataoja, he described Oyetola as a technocrat, shrewd manager, and administrator, saying he single-handedly founded and raised his own company to a place of enviable status.
According to Tinubu, Governor Aregbesola has laid the infrastructural foundation for Osun and Oyetola will raise its economic and investment profile with his experience and expertise in the corporate world.
In his response, Oba Olanipekun thanked the APC leader for the role he played when he had challenges over his emergence as Ataoja of Osogbo.
He also commended Governor Aregbesola for his performance in the state, noting that Osogbo particularly benefited from the administration with the network of road and other infrastructure put in place.
The traditional ruler asked that if elected, Oyetola should help to further develop the city.
Speaking at the palace of Owa-Obokun, Tinubu described the traditional ruler as a foremost author and popular economist who is no push-over in the land.
Oba Aromolaran, on his part, requested that if the APC candidate was elected, he should help upgrade the College of Education in the city into a full-fledged University of Education.
He also asked that his palace burnt by some hoodlums in 2007 be rebuilt.
Tinubu was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, as well as former APC National Vice Chairman (South-West), Pius Akinyelure, among others.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says he has what it takes to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s presidential election.
The governor said this in a series of tweets on Monday, one day after the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, accused him of defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because he wanted the Presidency.
He said, “If I wanted to and if the Presidency is what Ahmed Tinubu thinks I defected, I could contest with President Buhari under the APC. I have what it takes to have contested with Mr President.
“I adduced reasons of my defection to the PDP. The reasons are still on record. Automatic ticket by the APC is certainly not part of that.”
Governor Tambuwal also faulted the claim by the APC chieftain that he left the ruling party because it could not give him the automatic ticket he demanded.
On the contrary, he alleged that Tinubu has shown by making such accusations that the APC lacked a level-playing ground for its members.
Tambuwal said, “In any case, Tinubu is confessing that there is no level-playing ground for all members of the APC; that there is no internal democracy in it, and that some people were denied their right to internal democracy”.
“Tinubu tried to rock the boat when he was denied Buhari’s Vice Presidency. He thinks every other person could behave his way. If I wanted to contest under the APC as president, I could have done so and only the votes could have produced a winner,” he insisted.
In a statement on Sunday entitled “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way”, Mr Tinubu alleged that Governor Tambuwal and Senate President Bukola Saraki left the ruling party because the APC refused to give them automatic tickets for the 2019 elections.
“If I wanted to and if the Presidency is what Ahmed Tinubu thinks I defected, I could contest with President Buhari under the APC. I have what it takes to have contested with Mr. President. pic.twitter.com/x5shnwLFqq
“In any case, Tinubu is confessing that there is no level-playing ground for all members of the APC; that there is no internal democracy in it and that some people were denied their right to internal democracy”.
“Tinubu tried to rock the boat when he was denied Buhari’s vice Presidency. He thinks every other person could behave his way. If I wanted to contest under the APC as president, I could have done so and only the votes could have produced a winner”.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has reacted to the defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement entitled “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way” and personally signed by him on Sunday, Tinubu said the Senate President and the Governor left the ruling party because the APC refused to give them automatic tickets for the 2019 elections.
The defections of some people from the APC have generated sensational headlines and exaggerated talk as to what their departures foretell for the APC, the party to which I belong. Some have predicted the demise of the APC. Those who hope for our decline will be disappointed by the inaccuracy of their desires. The days, months and years ahead will bury such errant forecasts for these predictions are born more of bitterness than of objective analysis.
Much of the attention has centred on which party now controls this or that state and which party maintains a majority in the National Assembly. These considerations are important to members of the political class and the electoral calculations of the political parties. But these calculations cannot be all there is. We must be careful not to reduce our horizon to a mere accounting of elected officials moving from one party to another.
Many in the political class believe this score keeping between the parties encompasses all that is important. For such people, the mere holding of office is the sole objective. The quality of governance they provide means little to them. Yet, there are greater things at stake than the fortunes of individual politicians. The people of Nigeria focus their attention on something materially different than this narrow political game.
The people are more deeply concerned with the quality of governance they experience than with the intense cunning by which the political game is played. They are more interested in helpful policies than in the tempests created by politicians in pursuit of personal ambitions. That which provides a better life in a more prosperous nation is what beckons to them. That which shines in the eye of the political opportunist is dross to the average person.
We must pull back from the shallow headlines to recognise that something fundamental is at stake.
Nigeria is undergoing a historic transition. Sometimes awkwardly, tentatively, yet inexorably, we nurture political and governance reform. We steadily close the door on the old malpractices that have caused a rich nation to reside in the tenement of the global poor.
The corruption of the past is ending; for it must end if we are to fulfil our collective purpose. With this correction, less public money will be diverted to private benefit. More will be afforded to the causes of the people. The economy is being transformed so that the average person will have a better chance of finding a better life.
“We move toward a more democratic union. The old days where a handful of uninformed men and those with deep pockets decided everything for everybody are being swept away. The will of the people can no longer be ignored. Those who would be the masters over the people must now be public servants. A party or elected official may no longer rule over the people. They must govern for the benefit of the people.
By so doing, the arc of our national progress is shaped. Not everyone is happy with this trajectory. As a whole, the political class must relinquish some of its power and wealth so people can enjoy a more equitable portion of the national enterprise.
This is the correct and perhaps inevitable course Nigeria must pursue. To their credit, many politicians see the need for reform and even champion it. Yet, there are those in the political class who scheme against collective improvement. They seek to halt progress toward a fairer nation. They seek to hold to the old ways. The difference between the two parties and why some people returned to their PDP conclave must be seen in this light.
This is more than competition over numbers. What rests in the balance is not whether one party has more elected officials on its roster, but which party has the right mindset and policies to reform Nigeria that she may become what goodness demands of her.
We are in locked battle to define the future of this nation and the quality of its governance. This battle pits one party, the APC, with all of its imperfections, that seeks national reforms against another party, the PDP, which symbolises the perfection of the most selfish designs of the most selfish politicians among us.
This moral battle informed the recent defections. Those who belong to that PDP mode of thought could find no permanent comfort in walking the path of progressive reform and progress. All the things we have inaugurated such as school-feeding programs for poor pupils, social security for poor families, affordable housing programs, greater access to credit for small businesses and greater access to education and health care, these things the defectors could not well abide. They detested President Buhari’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) innovation because it barred them from misdirecting funds into a maze of unaudited accounts from which they could siphon as they pleased. Buhari cut off their clandestine illicit spigot.
“These politicians see accountable good governance and lifting of the common person as the tearing down of their quest for great riches and power.
Even more so, they detested the APC drive toward greater internal democracy. They bristled when we demanded that congresses and conventions be held; they had demanded giving themselves automatic extension in their positions. They privately erupted as the APC decided that direct primaries where all party members vote on the party’s nominations should be the way of the future.
The injection of greater democracy meant a decrease in their ability to manipulate end results. Politics will be ushered out of the backroom and given to the people to whom sovereignty genuinely belongs. These men could not countenance such transformation.
They saw it not as the gift of democracy but as an obstacle that complicated their self-interest. They left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and privileges.
“Their defection statements swell with high-sounding words and the attempted grasp of lofty ideals. While I shall refrain from being so coarse as to call these statements counterfeit, I must invoke a sufficient level of common sense for the protection of all. Anyone who accepts their statements at face value will quickly experience buyer’s remorse. Their attempt at fine notions aside, what compelled these people was galloping yet blind ambition.
Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the presidency. However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary. Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination.
But for the promise made by PDP headliners like Rivers State Governor Wike that he would have the PDP presidential nomination, Tambuwal would not have left. His exit had nothing to do with governance of the nation. It was about forging a personal ambition predicated on the defeat of progressive reform not the advancement of it.
“Much the same for Senate President Saraki. Returning to the PDP, he harbours dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide. If Saraki had remained in the APC, he would be unable to reclaim his Senate seat let alone the Senate Presidency. He thus bolted because he lusts for the presidency but was promised by the PDP, at least, a return to his position in the Senate.
For Saraki to talk about lack of governance is for him to deny who he is and the position he holds. This man stands as Nigeria’s Number 3 citizen. Clothed is he in ample power and influence. If he saw areas where government and the nation needed help, he could have easily applied his energies to these areas. He could have drafted legislation and easily got laws passed.
However, no progressive enactment bears his name for he cared not for progress. He has been more focused on changing the rules of the Senate to favour himself and changing the order of elections so as to coincide with his selfish designs.
The rest of the defectors were given similar assurances by the PDP as to their offices. The APC refused to make such bargains as they are part of the ancient regime; these bargains are not of our democratic new way.
There is nothing wrong with ambition. Without a degree of ambition, we would never strive to improve and develop ourselves. But ambition, restrained by nothing but itself, is a dangerous commodity. Unwedded to social conscience, it leads to ruthlessness; it is the father of the deception that leaders are meant to lord over instead of to serve the populace.
In the final analysis, the reason for the defections is as clear to see as it is crooked in its motives. The APC seeks to reform governance and politics. However, many powerful people believe the established system assures their maximum benefit. Progressive reform would defeat them. They must fight reform and never be allied to it. Thus, they had to leave the APC.
In a fundamental way, the APC may be better for their exit. It would be untrue to say their departures did not generate concern. As the air clears and we can better assess what is lost and gained by their exit, I can truthfully say the APC will be better off because they are gone.
We can now focus more wholly on democratic governance inside and outside the party. Inside the party, we have adopted direct primaries to discourage corruption of the democratic process. Regarding public policy, we can now better articulate our progressive stance without having naysayers among complaining that we are going too far or that the good we seek for the people ought not to be done.
We can more decisively push for the jobs program, expansion of social security for the poor, affordable housing programs and a viable mortgage system, national infrastructural program that will provide adequate power and potable water, basic health care for all, and educational reform. Each of these is important in itself.
In combination, these objectives shall reshape the very landscape of our political economy. They shall bring fairness and prosperity where none has been. They will give the average person a government that serves them and the land that they deserve.
But this prospect means a large segment of the political class will oppose the APC. We, as a party, must have the courage to accept this reality. Having decided to place the public welfare above the private welfare of the few, we must forge ahead no matter the foes aligned against us.
This struggle toward a better Nigeria is hard, described more by difficult obstacles than by smooth passages. Had reform been easy, the task would have already been accomplished. Powerful hands have gathered to halt our collective move forward. Not everyone wants a better Nigeria for all. Those who profit from the imbalances of the past are those who fear a fairer tomorrow.
Come the general election, the people will face a stark choice. If they want to relive the certain failure and inequality of the system the PDP had erected against their very interests, the people will walk the way of the defectors. If the people want to give themselves a better chance at an excellent nation they will adhere to the path elected in 2015 when they voted for reform and the APC.
I believe in the collective wisdom of the people. They will choose the right way for they are Nigerians which means they shall do what is right and just.
Former Lagos State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart, Bola Tinubu, has commended the decision of the party’s National Working Committee to approve a direct primary for electing its candidate for the governorship election in Osun State.
In a statement from his media office signed by Tunde Rahman on Tuesday, the APC chieftain believes such decision would deepen internal democracy in the party.
“When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution,” he said.
While the APC NWC has decided to pick its candidate through a direct primary election, the party’s constitution provides for both direct and indirect primaries.
Tinubu also commended the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for leading the party toward greater democracy.
He explained that adopting a direct primary means increased participation of all party members in key decisions that affect them.
A Ground-Breaking Step
The statement read further, “From its inception, our party has held to principles of internal democracy and, by the open and fair conduct of our conventions, we have distinguished ourselves from all other political parties. While we have achieved more than others with regard to internal democracy, there is still more to be done in order to perfect our internal procedures and mechanisms.”
“This consideration was a key factor in the election of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as party chairman. Core to that mandate is the improvement of democracy within the party so that we may become even better representatives of the people.
“The decision of the National Working Committee approving a direct primary to elect the party’s candidate for Osun election is a ground-breaking step toward achieving this fine objective. By this decision, the party affirms its democratic inclinations. When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution.
“However, I know differently. This decision took courage and conviction because it bucked the old ways in order to bring about something better and new. Comrade Oshiomhole deserves commendation for leading the party toward greater democracy, which means increased participation of all party members in key decisions that affect them.
“The involvement of all APC members in candidate nomination will ensure that the party chooses the candidate of the people. It will also serve to galvanise the party membership for the general election that lies ahead. Moreover, direct primaries will serve as a future deterrent to those who might have tried to corrupt the delegate system of obtaining nominations.
“With that system, the temptation to ‘buy’ delegates was an ever-present weakness. Now, such a venal undertaking will prove much too costly and uncertain to be entertained as feasible strategy. I am sure party members in Osun welcome this decision for it shines the rays of democracy more fully upon them. May this decision not be peculiar to Osun but stand as the new way of our party. The nation and the APC will both be better for it”.
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has mourned the death of a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Adamu Ciroma.
In his condolence message on Thursday, Tinubu said with the demise of the former finance minister, the country has lost an illustrious leader, a consummate politician, and an accomplished public servant.
Reacting to the death of the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, he said, “Mallam Adamu Ciroma was one of the illustrious leaders this country has produced.
“He was a politician of note. You cannot but recall his days in the Second Republic National Party of Nigeria and in the Peoples Democratic Party where he was one of the party’s founding fathers.”
The former governor noted that Ciroma also made a name as an experienced technocrat and skillful public servant, particularly as CBN governor and in later years as a finance minister.
“He was a fine man who played politics with a commitment to serve the people and change the society. This did not come as a surprise given his background honed by sound education at the popular Barewa College and University and his nationalistic worldview,” Tinubu added in his tributes to the late minister.
“My condolences go to the Ciroma family and the people and government of Yobe State. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Ciroma reportedly died at the age of 83 on Thursday at a hospital in Abuja after a protracted illness.
Born on November 20, 1934, the former CBN governor played numerous roles in government and politics during his lifetime.
He received his secondary education at Barewa College in Zaria, Kaduna State; and went to the University of Ibadan before going on to become the pioneer editor of New Nigerian Newspaper in Kaduna.
The Reformed All Progressive Congress (R-APC) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and some leaders of the ruling party of taking leadership of the APC illegally.
Chairman of R-APC, Mr Buba Galadima, who made the allegation on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, also faulted the outcome of the APC national convention which held in June.
He alleged that the President, as well as the APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and the party’s national leader Bola Tinubu, are ‘usurpers’, saying “The president cannot go against the law.”
“We are the mainstream APC,” Galadima said of his group, adding, “We are claiming that we are the authentic leaders of the party and not usurpers who have just come in and use their position and influence to get themselves announced as leaders.”
(File) R-APC Chairman Buba Galadima addresses a press conference in Abuja on July 4, 2018.
The factional chairman spoke barely one day after the R-APC, which comprises of aggrieved APC supporters and members of the National Assembly, announced their breakaway from the party in Abuja.
“You cannot build something on nothing; there were infractions right from the ward congresses leading to the convention. Therefore, the processes were faulty, the processes were non-event. Therefore, the executives produced through these processes cannot stand legal interpretation. We are members of the APC,” he insisted.
Galadima argued that none of the three leaders was a signatory to the formation of the party, claiming that APC was nationally accepted because of the integrity of people like him.
He maintained that the party’s constitution was violated during the convention, alleging that members were stopped from buying forms to contest the election into various leadership positions of the party.
“People were stopped from accessing forms, people were stopped from attending venues that will generate delegates to the national convention,” the factional chairman said, noting that those people might have opposed the voice vote which elected Oshiomhole as the APC national chairman.
In a swift reaction to the allegation, a member of the APC Board of Trustees (BoT), Jasper Azuatalam, said Galadima has no fact to prove his allegations.
Azuatalam said while it was usual to have disagreements after elections just like that of the APC convention, “The national convention of the party affirmed every position from all the states.”
He, however, distanced the APC from the R-APC, saying the aggrieved members in the faction have a choice of either joining other registered parties or form a new one.
The BoT member said, “The fact that the national convention produced a delegate from all the states means that the national convention has affirmed all elected people from the ward, to the local government, and to the state and these were delegates that came for the national convention.”
“What this means is that there is, at the moment, no faction in any state of the party in Nigeria; there are disagreement and these people who disagreed have gone to court, and it is subject to the court to determine in their favour or otherwise,” he added.
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on residents of Ekiti State to come out in their numbers to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Kayode Fayemi, in the July 14 governorship election.
He made the call on Tuesday, during the campaign of the Party’s flag bearer which took place at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The VP, who spoke in the Yoruba language, told residents that Fayemi is indeed the candidate who will bring transformation to the state, even as the APC “has prepared a new and delicious meal” for them.
He said, “Fayemi is the chosen one who will transform Ekiti State. JKF is the one who will bring transformation to Ekiti State. Vote JKF once again.
“When July 14 comes, don’t look backward or sideways, look forward, because we are moving forward. APC is a progressive party. It is a party for successful people.
“On July 14 let’s come out en-mass and vote for APC. PDP has done enough. APC has prepared a new and delicious meal for Ekiti residents.
“Take a look at JKF, this is your candidate. He is the chosen one. Come July 14, vote for him, vote for APC,” he said.
APC chieftains including the party’s National leader Mr Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun were present.
Others in attendance included Governors of South west states such as Ogun state’s Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, among others.
A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term come 2019.
He said this while giving an address at the official conferment ceremony of the award of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on the late MKO Abiola on Tuesday.
According to him, the president has kept his key campaign promises to Nigerians and should be given another chance to do more.
“Farewell to poverty, it’s not a question of a second term – you deserve it. We’re going to work for it, no annulment of it, we are going to win with you.
“It’s the struggle of Africa to banish poverty. You are investing in education; which is the greatest weapon against poverty, you’re feeding our children, we are no longer paying for darkness and we are able to feed ourselves, not importing toothpicks anymore, thank you Mr President,” he said.