President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met behind closed door with national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the party’s National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Tinubu, who was a former Governor of Lagos State, spoke with State House Correspondents about the outcome of their meeting.
Without mincing words, the Jagaban of Lagos, said the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is going nowhere in the 2019 elections.
The Godfather of South-West politics,was reacting to the meeting of Atiku, in Dubai, over the 2019 elections.
According to him, Atiku can meet anywhere to strategise, but Nigerians will not vote for him.
When asked if he was jittery about Atiku meeting in Dubai to unseat Buhari, he said: “We do not fear, whether it is in the jungle, or is in Dubai, or is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategise in any way they form, but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP.
It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that. They say slow and steady wins the race; we inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people.
“We cannot go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategise from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change it skin”, he said.
Asked if he is in support of Oshiomhole’s removal, he said: “No. We all have to respect the party supremacy. You were all here when we had the Congress, we elected the new Executives, the Convention we had it, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power, we surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee, headed by Adams Oshiomhole.
“That the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various State Congresses and elections. ‘We signed off for it’. So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it.
“We gave three options, consensus, where there is no consensus, because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one Candidate, you go to the next level.
“The next level is the Stakeholders delegate, and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, National Election Committee of the party. That shows party supremacy, or the freest option, the less cumbersome is to open direct primary, line up and count the number, 1, 2, 3. If you win, you win, and if you fail, go home.
“Then Appeal Committee was set up to listen to all appeals, internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn round against that, you cannot turn against all of that.
“No. Party is supreme, party must be respected, abuses will not do it and anger will not do it. It is party politics, somebody will win and somebody will lose, too bad”, he stated.
On the purpose of his visit to the Presidential Villa, he said: “The meeting is about the nation, the country, our people, peace, stability, and economic progress.”