Former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given more reasons why Nigerians must vote back president Muhammadu Buhari.
“Three years is not enough time for retouching, redevelopment and re-engineering the country. There is a lot of hope, there is a lot of expectation.”
Tinubu also stated that president Buhari is gradually retooling the economy, therefore he needs time and patience to do this, not magic.
“Nigerians adopted democracy; we are going to live through this democratic government. We need a President Buhari to retool and re-engineer, that is what he is doing in the economy and he is doing it gradually, otherwise we don’t want it to fall apart again,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu didn’t fail to drag past governments, who he blames for eating the seed of growth for breakfast.
“Therefore, there is nothing for lunch or dinner. Nothing to harvest that is why we talk about looters.”
“Economic development and the future of the youth are crucial in the growth of any nation and we are taking care of that. You have to re-grow the economy, re-engineer it from bottom, during that process; it is always very difficult for ordinary people.”
He enjoined Nigerians not to lose focus.
“We were meticulous, dedicated and focused and we lifted the spirits of our people and that is why it is important for Nigerians to be focused now.”
7 Ways Tinubu blasted Saraki, Tambuwal
National leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, blasted Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal, following their defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a press statement he titled, “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way”, Tinubu said Tambuwal and Saraki defected because they could no longer achieve their selfish political ambitions on the platform of the APC.
So, here goes:
1. Tinubu says Saraki’s excuse for leaving the APC is a big, fat lie
When Saraki left the APC, he said he was making the switch because the governing party hasn’t delivered on its promise of good governance to the people.
Tinubu has a problem with Saraki’s excuse for defecting.
“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”, Tinubu said.
2. According to Tinubu, Saraki used the senate for his personal ambitions
Saraki was not the APC choice for the position of senate president. On the morning Saraki was being elected senate president inside the red chamber, Tinubu was locked in a meeting with APC caucus senators at the International Conference Center (ICC) in Abuja; with Senator Ahmed Lawan as their consensus pick.
In this statement, Tinubu called Saraki selfish.
“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”, Tinubu wrote.
3. Tinubu says Tambuwal left the APC because he wants to be president
Asiwaju wrote that: “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”.
4. Tinubu says Saraki and Tambuwal’s presidential ambitions will collide within the PDP
“Much the same for Senate President Saraki. Returning to the PDP, he harbors dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide”, the Southwest godfather wrote.
5. If Saraki had remained in the APC, he wouldn’t have been handed a ticket to return to the senate
Tinubu wrote that: “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”.
6. APC will be better off with the defections, according to Tinubu
Tinubu’s words were: “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”.
7. Tinubu says all the big name politicians who left, did so because they were denied automatic tickets in the APC ahead of next year’s elections
“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.
“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.
“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”