Tinubu clarifies position on APC primary
By Samuel Ogunsona
Presidential aspirant has berated attempts to twist the content and form of his the speech he made during his campaign in Ogun State.
In a statement made available to Irohinoodua and signed by Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisatihas frown at the “erroneous, misleading and mischievous interpretation” of his address in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State on Thursday.
The group said the philosophy behind the speech was distorted while the clip being circulated was taken out of context.
Tinubj said it is on record that the leading presidential aspirant in the forthcoming primaries of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu addressed the national delegates of the party in Ogun State , with Governor Mr.Dapo Abiodun in attendance.
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,” Onanuga said.
According to him while Asiwaju recognises that recent unexpected interventions in the time table and the heat generated by the proximity of the event might have led to some anxiety, this campaign organisation believes that the main thrust of Asiwaju’s presentation, was that his huge contributions to the formation and electoral success of the All Progressives Congress should count in his favour as a true party man who desires to be the flag bearer.
“There is also no doubt that the fresh conditions proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the consideration of a presidential candidate of the party made it necessary for Asiwaju to labour to convince the delegates that he fits the bill” Onanuga said.
He argued that the campaign was surprised at the way the opposition and Tinubu’s traducers had turned his statement to give an interpretation Tinubu did not mean and did not say.
“At no time did Tinubu play any ethnic card or denigrate any ethnic group. That is surely out of his character, as Engineer David Babachir Lawal, attested in his viral whatsApp statement.Tinubu’s speech in Abeokuta did not demonstrate any disrespect to President Buhari, for whom he has a very high regard, and whose re-election campaign he chaired in 2019.”
He said 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.
He said the Tinubu campaign is not surprised why the opposition in the APC have decided to turn and twist the statement.
He said Tinubu I’d a great party man that remains the man to beat at the party’s convention on Monday.
We are least surprised that he is the target of well-calculated and most unkind virulent attacks
The campaign organisation hereby appeals 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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