My relationship with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, is not about 2019, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said.
Tinubu said this just as he restated his commitment to working for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari in his second term bid.
Tinubu’s remarks were in response to a statement attributed to a member of the PDP board of trustees and former Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister, Abba Gana, that Tinubu would work with Atiku in 2019.
The reason Gana gave was that the two politicians had a lot in common.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu stated that he would work for the emergence of only President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election.
He said his support for Buhari was hinged on the fact that he had embarked on a mission to rebuild the country and to take away the country from the havoc caused by the PDP while in government for 16 years.
“His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu indicated long ago where he stood on the matter of the 2019 elections. He has continued to say he remains firmly behind that patriot, President Buhari, in his mission to rebuild the country from the ruins of the PDP years,” Rahman said in the statement.
It would be recalled that Tinubu recently berated Atiku over his meeting held in Dubai to strategise on the 2019 election against Buhari.
Tinubu who spoke shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday said his party was not afraid of Atiku’s moves.
His words: “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 the 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.”