- The viral comments Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu made regarding how he helped President win in 2015 may land him in trouble
- Ahead of the APC presidential primary, the party's national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said the former Lagos governor may be punished
- Tinubu is one of the frontline presidential aspirants from the southwest on the platform of the ruling party
FCT, Abuja - Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the ruling party may punish Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over his comment “against” President Muhammadu Buhari.
During his visit to Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Thursday, June 2, Tinubu told delegates of the ruling party that without his support, Buhari would not have won the presidency in 2015.
He said after three election losses, the president wept and said he would not contest again, but he (Tinubu) went to him and told him to run again and that he would win because he and others were on the president’s side.
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The comment had sparked mixed reactions across the country. While some affirmed that Tinubu indeed played a pivotal role in Buhari's 2015 victory, others accused of playing God.
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Tinubu's outburst: APC chairman Abdullahi Adamu reacts
Briefing newsmen at the APC headquarters in Abuja on Saturday, June 4, Adamu said:
“We may punish him (Tinubu) for his utterances against the president.
“He (Tinubu) went as far as saying how Gen. Muhammadu Buhari went to him, citing instances of even prostrating in tears begging him to endorse him and to support him for the presidency. He claimed Buhari went to him.
“Though he is the president, he belongs to everybody. It is amazing how a fellow APC person would make that kind of comment in that kind of circumstances about the president. We take exception to this. It has shown that he does not show any appreciable level of respect for the office of Mr President.
“Therefore we want to make it public that we are saddened by what we saw in the video, in that reportàge and we condemn it in the strongest of terms.
“We do hope that he would never say that kind of again, particularly of the APC extraction to make such kinds of comments.
“Yes, yesterday we saw some part of a retraction but that effort is not adequate. It is not sincere. It is not in-depth enough. It doesn’t wipe out the impression that that event has left in our minds.”
Adamu also said no presidential aspirant had been disqualified from contesting at the party’s presidential primary slated for Monday, June 6, Daily Trust reported.
My respect for Buhari high, I’ll never denigrate him, says Tinubu
Meanwhile, Tinubu had earlier said he has great respect for President Buhari and he will never denigrate him.
The national leader of the APC said this in a statement personally signed by him on Friday, June 3, just a day after his outburst in Abeokuta.
Tinubu blamed the controversies trailing his comment on alleged willful misrepresentation of what he said by his political opponents.
Shettima throws political shades at VP Osinbajo, says only Tinubu can beat Atiku
Speaking on a programme on Television Continental (TVC), Shettima said Bola Tinubu has the pedigree and the brand name needed to beat Atiku in the 2023 presidential election.
Shettima also warned that any attempt to field another candidate as the flagbearer of the ruling party at the presidential poll would be catastrophic for the APC.