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2019: You can’t speak for Nigerians on PMB’s re-election, Tinubu tells OBJ

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Tuesday, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo has failed as a leader during his tenure and lacked the credibility to speak for Nigerians on who to vote for in the forthcoming 2019 general elections and can not stop the incumbent President, Muhamamdu Buhari’s victory.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), exchanging pleasantries with National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (left) while APC Lagos Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun (middle), watches with admiration during APC Stakeholders meeting at the Party Secretariat, Acme Road, Ogba, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

Obasanjo had recently in statement, asked President Buhari not to seek re-election, citing his “poor performance” in office.

Obasanjo spoke of poverty and insecurity in Nigeria as well as, Buhari’s poor economic management, nepotism and gross dereliction of duty.

He said he would be in the vanguard of a movement to oust Buhari from power if the president would run in the election again.
“The situation that made Nigerians to vote massively to get Jonathan out is playing itself out again,” Obasanjo had said, saying that he voted for Buhari because at that time it was a matter of “any option but Jonathan. I will consider no sacrifice too great to make for the good of Nigeria at any time,”.

However, Tinubu, also gave credit to Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osuinbajo for his prompt intervention in the wake of invasion of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Security, saying, Osinbajo saved Nigeria’s democracy from crumbling.

The APC leader, made the remarks, at a stakeholders’ and consultative meeting of APC chieftains, leaders, and members, held at the party’s Secretariat, Acme, Ogba, Lagos State.

Some of the chieftains and leaders of the party in attendance were: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, and his predecessor, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, APC Lagos state cahpter chairman, Chief Lanre Balogun and other members of the Governor’s Advisory Council, among others.

Tinubu announced that the meeting was to set an agenda for members towards the preparations for the next general elections with the aim to continue with the winning streak for President Muhammadu Buhari and across the state, particularly, Lagos State.
While addressing the large crowd of members, Tinubu said: “We (APC members) have to register as a member of the party and obtain our Permanent Voter’s Card. To register as a member of the party, you can go online and down load the form, you do not need to write letters like Obasanjo does using post office sending letters to Buhari.

“He has finished his own term and he should go and sit down in his farm attending to chickens and animals. He should leave Buhari alone. You can not tell us (Nigerians) who to vote for. Let us tell Obj this through our votes. Buhari is ours and we will return him into power in 2019.”

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