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APC calms aggrieved aspirants

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed door with National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen Bola Tinubu and the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Tinubu, who arrived at the State House at about 3.56 p.m, was seen moving into the president’s office where the meeting was held, less than 24 hours after Buhari had hosted aggrieved APC aspirants to a dinner at the State House.

The president’s meeting with Tinubu and Oshiohmole may not be unconnected with the issues raised by the aggrieved aspirants during their dinner with the president, after a similar meeting with Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State.

Fielding questions from newsmen on his way out of Villa, Tinubu dismissed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar as paper weight, adding that National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole’s removal rumour was mere imagination of opposition elements.

“We don’t fear. Whether it is in the jungle, or it is in Dubai or it is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategise in any way they want but we are not going back to the illusion of 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 can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategise from anywhere but a leopard cannot change it skin,” Tinubu said.

Meanwhile, as move to douse tension in APC intensifies, the party is sparing no effort to placate its members that feel shortchanged in the party’s recent primaries across the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari set the tone at a dinner with the APC Aspirants Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, urging those that lost out in the primaries to remain faithful to the party’s ethos of integrity as their contribution to the nation.

Those at the dinner included the governorship, National and State Assembly aspirants who failed to secure the party’s tickets for the forthcoming 2019 general elections in the last APC primaries, while Oshiohmole was conspicuously absent.

According to Buhari, this is what stands APC above other parties in the current democratic dispensation.

A statement issued after the diner by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday quoted Buhari as challenging aggrieved aspirants to hold national interest above pecuniary and personal motivations to maintain their faith in the country, adding that Buhari contested presidential elections three times before coming to power in 2015.

“Providence will always pave the way for the just, committed and patient politician who wants to truly serve the country. Those who mismanaged the resources of the country are still very much around, with incredible wealth. I spoke with the APC party chairman almost every other day, at least for an hour during the primaries. And sometimes, we met for two and half hours on ensuring internal democracy during the primaries. I urge you to stay faithful if your objective is to serve the country. I came back to power in this agbada to convince Nigerians to make sacrifices that the country needs now for a better future,” the statement reads.

In his remarks, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said the meeting was organised to address fallouts of the APC primary elections, while leader of APC Aspirants Forum, Yusuf Banki, assured that a network of 7,000 members would work for President Buhari’s victory in 2019.

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