What Tinubu Told Me after I Resigned as DG of APC Governors' Forum, Salihu Lukman Opens Up

What Tinubu Told Me after I Resigned as DG of APC Governors' Forum, Salihu Lukman Opens Up

  • Salihu Lukman, the immediate past DG of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) said he met Asiwaju Bola Tinubu after his resignation
  • The former PGF director-general said the APC national leader was surprised that some APC governors were intolerant to criticism
  • Lukman who noted that he resigned in order to continue the campaign to return the APC to its founding vision said Tinubu commended him

Salihu Lukman says he held a meeting with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the APC, after he resigned as the director-general of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).

Legit.ng notes that Lukman resigned on Monday, January 17, amid the crisis rocking the ruling party over its national convention.

Tinubu Speaks with Me after I Resigned as DG of APC Governors' Forum, Salihu Lukman Says
The former DG of the APC governors'forum, Salihu Lukman, said he met with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu after resigning. Photo credits: @thecableng, @Naija_PR
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In a statement released on Wednesday, January 19, the former PGF director general said he had refrained from making comments on his resignation because it has not been formally accepted by the ruling party, Daily Trust reported.

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Lukman said he resigned from his position to enable him continue with the campaign to return the ruling APC to "its founding vision which is to build a party that is not only democratic but oriented based on social democratic principles."

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What Tinubu told me

The former PGF DG said many party leaders and members have called to express worries over the development.

He said Tinubu, a presidential aspirant, is one of the party leaders who, spoke with him.

Lukman said Tinubu invited him for a meeting on Tuesday, January 18, and commended him for championing the campaigns to reform the party.

He said the former governor of Lagos state also expressed shock that some members of the forum were intolerant to criticism, The Punch also reported.

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Lukman said:

“He (Tinubu) argued that any party leader who will not accommodate critical opinion on a fundamental issue such as respecting decisions and especially a matter as sensitive as organising the National Convention, which is the highest organ of the party, such a person is not a democrat and shouldn’t be associated with a party envisioned to be progressive such as the APC.
“With these words, he encouraged me to continue with my campaign, which is what the party need. He declared his support to all decisions of President Buhari to ensure that APC Convention hold in February 2022. Good enough, the Caretaker Committee has announced that the Convention will hold February 26, 2022."

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Meanwhile, the APC leadership may have decided to zone the chairmanship of the party to the north-central region of the country.

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According to a report by The Punch, the national secretary position of the ruling party will be zoned to the southeast while the deputy national chairman (south) is expected to go to the south-south.

A top chieftain of the APC who made the disclosure also revealed that the party would be alternating certain positions.

Source: Legit.ng

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