Just in: APC to punish Tinubu over utterances against Buhari: The leadership of the All Progressives Congress has said the party may punish its national leader and presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, over his utterances about the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) a few days ago.
National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu disclosed this in an interview on Saturday in Abuja.
On Tinubu, Adamu said; “He went as far as saying how Gen. Muhammadu Buhari went to him, citing instances of even prostrating in tears begging him to endorse him and to support him for the presidency. He claimed Buhari went to him. Though Tinubu issued a statement to clarify his utterances about the President on Friday, Adamu, however, said the apology tendered was not enough “It is amazing how a fellow APC person would make that kind of comment in that kind of circumstances about the president. We take exception to this. It has shown that he does not show any appreciable level of respect for the office of Mr. President.
Just in: APC to punish Tinubu over utterances against Buhari: “Therefore we want to make it public that we are saddened by what we saw in the video, in that reportàge and we condemn it in the strongest of terms. We do hope that he would never say that kind of thing again, particularly of the APC extraction to make such kinds of comments.
“Yes, yesterday we saw some part of a retraction but that effort is not adequate. It is not sincere. It is not in-depth enough. It doesn’t wipe out the impression that that event has left in our minds.”
This morning we saw some traces of withdrawal of those statements. You see, these are statements that buttress his intention of actual action. Yes, we can’t say we refuse not to see it in the papers. It happened. He said he has the greatest respect for the president. You see, in Hausa, there is a proverb that once you take hold of any amount of grass from a thatched house and you pulled it off from the roof, you can’t replace the same number of grass. What is out is out. What he did say was not an apology. It is just like trying to retract and you say I didn’t mean this. It is a problem of misinterpretation. It is not a regret.
“If there is a need to penalize any member of the party not just Bola Tinubu, anybody, we will bring him to the party’s book, anybody, as we watch events as they unfold”.
On the issue of statutory delegates, Adamu said the matter is still in court but that as of now, statutory delegates are excluded.
Speaking on the reported disqualification of some aspirants, Adamu said; “I want to say very clearly that no aspirant has been disqualified. It is like sitting in an exam. Even if you pass, there is grading from first-class to ordinary pass. So, no aspirant was disqualified. Incidentally, the president has invited all of them to a dinner today (Saturday)”, he added.