By Demola Akinyemi
IIorin-Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju BolaÂ Tinubu, says Action Congress [AC] has been positioned as a mega party to take over from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] in the next elections, therefore it would not fuseÂ with any party, associationÂ or organization to form aÂ mega party.
Tinubu spoke in an interview with journalists on FridayÂ in Ijagbo inÂ Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State, venue of the fidau forÂ the father-in-law of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.
â€œI donâ€™t know about mega party. I only know about AC. And we are warming up to collaborate with others. I donâ€™t see any meaning in the mega party. Already, I have a party that has won elections. I have a party with senators across the country. If you get to Bauchi today,Â you will find the AC. We have senators, honorable men and local government chairmen in PlateauÂ and many states of the country. â€œWe are in government in Edo, we have government all over.
So, what could be more mega than ours. We are not chameleon we are better positioned to take over from the PDP in the next elections.â€ The former governor described the PDP as lacking in focus and commitment to the welfare of the Nigerian people, saying it isÂ a poverty development party conspicuously bereft of rural integration.â€
He stressed, â€œPDP is not a political party. It is a poverty development party. It should not be allowed to continue its lack of focus, lack of development and lack of commitment to the welfare of our people. No rural integration as we can see.â€
The former governorÂ noted that Nigerians have been voting for PDP for the past 10 yearsÂ but increment of poverty level, driving through Nigerian roads is like theÂ footballer Jay-Jay Okocha on the field juggling with the ball. Majority of our roads have collapsed.â€ TinubuÂ describedÂ ACÂ in Kwara as â€˜â€™a great party whose people showed great determination. We are going to continue to support them to overcome the challenges of the political terrain.â€
He described the late Lasisi Agunbiade (Aregbesolaâ€™s father-in-law) as a highly respected person who attracted many dignitaries even in death from all walks of life.
Aregbesola, the AC gubernatorial candidate in the 2007 polls in Osun State,Â in his remarks, poured encomiums on his late father-in-law.
He added that the dignitaries at the event attested to his greatness, service to humanity and good worksÂ while alive.
Eminent Nigerians and politicians at the fidau includeÂ former governors of Oyo, Ekiti andÂ Ogun states, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Aremo Segun Osoba respectively.
Others are the 2007 governorship candidate of AC in Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Kwara south senatorial candidate of AC in the 2007 polls, Architect Lola Ashiru, MrÂ Ayo Opadokun, Mr DeleÂ Alake, MrÂ Tunji Bello and Isiaka Ajunmobi while SenatorÂ Ibikunle Amosu was represented at the event.