- The APC in Lagos said Tinubu continues to remain the party's leader
- The party in response to El-Rufai's statement on godfatherism, said Tinubu is a helper and servant
- According to the APC, many people are hoping to enjoy the same respect as the party's national leader
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter in Lagos state has fired back at Governor Nasir El-Rufai over his comment on godfatherism in Lagos saying a lot of the people want to be like Bola Tinubu.
Vanguard reports that the publicity secretary of the APC in Lagos, Joe Igbokwe, in a statement on Monday, May 13, said Many people want to be like Tinubu and command the same respect as he does without wanting to put in the same effort. He added that Tinubu remained their leader.
He said: "They want to be like Asiwaju, they want to command respect, they want the world to accept them the way they have accepted Asiwaju, they want to get great followers like Asiwaju BAT, they want to be admired the way people admire Asiwaju, they want the people to love them the way they love Asiwaju, they want to stand tall anywhere they go like Asiwaju, they want to attract attention like Asiwaju, they want to be celebrated and honored like Asiwaju, they want to be worshiped the way Asiwaju’s great followers worship him, they want be lifted up the way God has lifted Asiwaju up, they want to be noticed like Asiwaju, they want to stand out like Asiwaju and they want to influence decisions at all levels like Asiwaju, etc.
“Talk is cheap, anybody can make any statement. They want to be like Asiwaju, they want to command respect, they want the world to accept them the way they have accepted Asiwaju, they want to be admired the way people admire Asiwaju.
“But in actions and deeds, they are not like Asiwaju. In character and in tolerance, they are not like Asiwaju. In commitment and hard work, they are not like BAT. In grace and empathy, they are not like BAT. In temperament and love for humanity, they are not like Asiwaju."
Igbokwe said these people are not ready to make sacrifices like Tinubu but want to enjoy the benefit of being a leader.
“They cannot be trusted the way we trust BAT. They cannot give the way BAT does. They cannot sacrifice what BAT has sacrificed for humanity for close to 40 years. They cannot live for others the way the way Asiwaju has done for years. I can go on and on but he who must lead others must first lead himself."
According to him, they follow Tinubu because he works for them, even when they are sleeping. He added that the APC national leader has earned their trust for decades.
“We follow him because he has never disappointed us. We follow Asiwaju because he is focused and dynamic. We follow Asiwaju because he has not failed us. We follow him because he is dependable. Colloquium: Buhari, Tinubu, say infrastructure critical in Next Level
“We follow him because he fights for us. We follow him because the man is a deep thinker. We follow Asiwaju because he values us without measure," Igbokwe added.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state said on Monday, May 13, that he does not have any apology saying in Lagos recently that godfathers can be defeated.
El-Rufai said this after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
The governor said he does not worry over the criticisms that followed his comment and that he does not have any apology for what he said.
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