Retired generals should allow us to move our country forward
ABUJA, Nigeria – National leader of the All Progressive Party, (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that his party will conduct a very transparent election in 2019 and still emerge winner of the election.
Tinubu who was speaking after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja called on the likes of former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babaginda who have all asked President Buhari to retire and refrain from contesting the 2019 general election to join the retirees club and take pensions.
He also said they can participate in elections if they are interested but that they should allow the APC to move Nigeria forward.
“I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions, but they can participate in our politics if they are interested. It is a free world, but this freedom is not served a la carte. But they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.
“Well, l feel greatly honoured with the mutual confidence that the president has reposed in me which is a very strong political challenge. We have started in earnest. He has given me free hand to put coercion, confidence and trust in the party…..
“Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from. But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s telling the country. It’s about our country, and no other choice to democratic tenets than through political party platforms……
“He (Buhari) is one of those rare beings around the country, around Africa who had experienced both worlds: he fought a battle to save Nigeria and came to politics to save Nigeria. Very rare people have such an opportunity in their lifeime and that’s what we talk about; legacy. And where we have all the challenges, do what we should do. I’m enjoying the challenges so far.
“You are asking me an obvious question! I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner and we will win”