2019: Leave Buhari alone, join the retirees’ club - Tinubu tells Obasanjo, Babangida

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida to join the retirees’ club of pensioners in Nigeria.

The former governor, who spoke to a team of journalists after his meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, said Nigerians were in a better position to assess the performance of the present government in power.

Responding to the recent statements credited to the two past leaders which urged Buhari not to seek re-election, Tinubu said the two elder statesmen ought to take the back seat and allow the man on the saddle to do his job.

“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,” he said.

On the chances of the APC in the 2019 elections, the former Lagos State governor said: “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.”

Tinubu, who is the head of a presidential panel to reconcile APC leaders and unite the party,  told reporters that he felt “greatly honoured” being offered the job.

.He said: “I 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 a free hand to put cohesion, 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.”

Tinubu described President Buhai as “one of those rare beings around the country, around Africa who have 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 life time 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.”

Gen. Abubakar met with the President immediately after he received letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr Alat Mogaskia; the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa and that of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy Sea to Nigeria, the Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi.

The former Head of State declined to speak to reporters after the meeting, which lasted for less than one hour.

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