By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande has said that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu accepted to head the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile the factions in the APC so as to prevent the party from dying a natural death.
Chief Akande in a statement signed by Mr Adelani Baderinwa, Osun state Commissioner for Information and Strategy said that Asiwaju Tinubu as the founder and National Leader of the APC would not be an onlooker and allow the party which he founded as a child of necessity to die a natural death.
In a statement tagged “Let Our Party Not die, Chief Akande said, “To avoid the journey to the undertakers, we all agreed that prevention is
often a wise counsel. More so for the APC, a party born out of necessity at a time Nigeria needed a life boat, a new lease of life.
“For the purpose it was birthed it succeeded in unseating an incumbent government. And for a higher purpose it is working hard to succeed at
good governance. Nobody watches the child he birthed to die just like that. The responsibility to save the child comes suddenly upon the
“The APC cannot be allowed to wither away because of omissions and commissions. Times like this calls for sacrifice and service. Of note is the saying that a realman, a hero is known by where it stands in
the time of adversity.
“Bola Tinubu,myself and President Buhari stand together in this effort to save APC from itself. Serving the nation has complex colours which
constantly dazzle distant onlookers.
“The job at hand is not about Buhari. It is not about position sharing. It is not about ethnic nationalism. It is about the strength and the beauty of one’s deeds at one time or the other. It is about our party – the APC – Buhari or no Buhari. Tinubu was a major participant in the emergence of APC.
He said that Tinubu would never be happy seeing it destroyed. Let APC be – no matter who may be lucky using it to gain power, make money, get famous – be such lucky ones born by Yoruba, Ibo or Hausa-Fulani.
For as long as APC remains relevant, so long shall Bola Tinubu’s contributions to nation-building be magnified in Nigerian History.
Chief Akande described hose that are problematic or now crossing away from the party were not part of its initial making.
“They must have joined after wreaking their old parties and after the merger became recognised and approved by INEC with a view to merely using APC as a platform for positions.
“Let’s all join with Buhari and Bola Tinubu side by side to make APC stronger and more attractive for other generations to use as a vehicle for political emancipation,” he pleaded.