Tinubu Backs Presidential Ambition Speech

A Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said his recent speech, in Abeokuta, on his presidential ambition did not demonstrate any act of disrespect to President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was contained in a statement Friday, signed by the Director, Media and Communications, Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation, Bayo Onanuga. He noted that Tinubu did not play any ethnic card or denigrate any ethnic group in his speech.

He said the main thrust of Tinubu’s speech was that his contributions to the formation and electoral success of the party should count in his favour, being a party Stewart who desires to be the flag bearer.

“That is surely out of his character, as Engineer David Babachir Lawal, attested in his viral whatsApp statement. Tinubu’s speech did not demonstrate any disrespect to Buhari for whom he has a very high regard, and whose re-election campaign he chaired in 2019.

“Since the video of the speech he delivered in Yoruba hit the social media, varied interpretations have been given to the speech, which in the main was about Governor Abiodun, who in the true tradition of Yoruba culture bowed to his leader after Tinubu’s short speech,” the statement partly read.

According to Onanuga, Asiwaju had to work hard to persuade the delegates that he suited the bill because of the new parameters provided by President Muhammadu Buhari for the consideration of a presidential candidate of the party.

He called Tinubu’s speech in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, “erroneous, misleading, and wicked.”

Onanuga, on the other hand, said the Tinubu campaign is unsurprised that the APC opposition chose to twist and turn the comments.

“We are least surprised that he is the target of well-calculated and most unkind virulent attacks,” he said.

He characterized the former Lagos governor as a “great party man” who will be difficult to beat in the party’s convention on Monday.

“In his effort to convince the party delegates to vote for him at the primaries, he went down memory lane to provide specific instances when he brought his political clout and strategic skills to assist individuals, groups and tendencies in the party to gain political power.

“These factual references are already in the public realm. They have been reported and analysed in the media in the last eight years. They are therefore matters of public knowledge,” he said.

Meanwhile, the campaign organisation has appealed to the media to avoid over-sensationalising issues of facts and play its constitutional role of informing the electorate to make informed choices at the presidential primaries.

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