He added: “We follow all the constitutional provisions and an individual opinion does not matter at this stage. Buhari will want a normal process, Buhari that I know. Who says he will lose at any convention? But if the national body, the NEC and all of us as members, and we endorse him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, we will not be violating our party’s constitution. What you are hearing is just a campaign. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not stopped anybody from aspiring or contesting”.
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is a man who believes in due process and will not want to force through any ambition without subjecting such to a constitutional process.
He was responding to a question from journalists in Akure after visiting Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in his residence in Akure. He was accompanied on the visit by former Interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, and the party’s National Vice Chairman in the South-west, Chief Pius Akinyelure.
Tinubu said: “I have not heard about that and the APC Spokesman has not said that. No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to himself. President Buhari is a believer in process, the Buhari I know believes in rule of law and due process. We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries of the party. Akeredolu is here standing with me, he was not the governor then. He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner”.
On the visit to Pa. Fasoranti, the APC national leader said: “I am in Akure to acknowledge the leadership of Pa Fasoranti in our own race (Yoruba). He is a great leader of the Omoluwabi and in his twilight we want him to be happy. He has been a great leader to all of us. His intellect is still very intact. We are here to seek his advice, seek his understanding and prayers. That is why I am here”.
On hand to receive the APC leader’s delegation were former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae and Chief Seinde Arogbofa among others.
Fasoranti describes Asiwaju Tinubu as a leader of note. He said the visit was an indication of great things to come.
“It is an indication of great things to come, with the coming together of Yoruba leaders, there will be an understanding on major issues affecting the Yoruba race. We will consult and move ahead. As it is now, there will be a great understanding among the leaders as Tinubu is a leader in his own right. I think it (the visit) should lead to reconciliation, ARG and the mainstream, as Tinubu has a leg there. They are his supporters. This signal shows we will come together.”