Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Presidential Campaign Council Co-Chair Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has denied claims that he was contemplating quitting the party following a disappointing campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday,
The APC rally ended abruptly after thugs aimed stones at National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and the President Muhammadu Buhari, vice-president Yemi Osinbajo and the other APC big-wigs had to be whisked away from the venue to avoid further disaster.
Tinubu was said to have been livid by that action and unhappy that Governor Ibikunle Amosun could not put the matter under control. Reports in some session of the media claim that the 66-year-old is planning to quit the party as he has endured enough disrespect.
However, Tinubu’s Media Adviser Tunde Rahman said that the former Lagos State governor remains committed to APC and the video clip showing Asiwaju at the APC Presidential Campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State, throwing away the party’s flag was not a representation of the true picture of event.
Rahman explained that Asiwaju was passing the flag on to Oshiomhole for presentation to the party’s governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
In the statement, Rahman said: “Asiwaju remains gidigba (solid) in the governing party. “If you want to fault Asiwaju for anything in this matter, your critique can only be limited to the accuracy of his toss. Any attempt to enlarge the episode beyond this is fiction and mischief writ large.”
He continues: “The true incident that should be reported and condemned is that people who furtively oppose the party and the President tried to infiltrate and disrupt this rally. “The attack by these operatives was disrespectful of the office of the President and could have potentially harmed the person of the president.
“With but a few precious days until the election and with its chance of victory running out even faster than the time, the PDP now grasps at the most nonsensical and desperate tactics to salvage its falling enterprise.
“However, a drowning man cannot toss himself a lifeline. Nor can the PDP succeed in turning the innocuous attempted exchange of a flag between the national leader and national chairman into a rift in the APC’s successful campaign.
“Such antics have no place in our political discourse. The author of these misdeeds should desist before real harm is done. Now to the crux of the opposition’s latest antics, if the issue of the flag has become the hotspot of the PDP campaign, then they are in serious trouble.
“During that portion of the Ogun rally, the national chairman and others were looking for a party flag. Asiwaju Tinubu spotted one within his reach. He picked it up and attempted to toss it to Oshiomhole so that the chairman could present it to the party’s gubernatorial candidate Prince Abiodun.
“If you want to fault Asiwaju for anything in this matter, your critique can only be limited to the accuracy of his toss. Any attempt to enlarge the episode beyond this is fiction and mischief writ large.
“As the National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu is thoroughly faithful and committed to the APC. It is unthinkable that he would leave the party. Moreover, there is no reason for him to do so. He has been hard at work for the victory of the APC and all of its candidates in the upcoming election.
“Asiwaju understands the bigger picture. He knows what is at stake in this election. Either the nation moves forward along the progressive path of the APC or it will be forced to retreat into the ills of the past created by the PDP. With the nation’s future hanging in the balance, Asiwaju will not allow himself to be deterred by petty mischief.
“Asiwaju is not going anywhere. He remains gidigba (solid) in APC. And after the election, he will be there celebrating the APC’s and this nation’s victory over those who would prevent us our rightful future.”