The Presidency has reacted to comments made by the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, saying that no one can or should claim to have single-handedly engineered the emergence Muhammadu Buhari as President in the 2015 general elections.
In a statement titled “Comment on the statement made by a leading APC flag bearer candidate and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency said that what matters to the President at the moment is the election of a candidate that would make the country better than it has ever been and not issues of the past.
The statement read, “There are those who advised the President to run again; those who decided to build a political party – the APC – that could finally be the political vehicle capable of delivering victory where all other opposition parties and alliances before it had failed.”
“It is perhaps not surprising that on the eve of the All Progressives Congress flagbearer primary there are those running as candidates who wish to associate themselves with the President’s rise to elected office seven years ago.”
“There are many people who played parts large and small in his historic election in 2015, making history as the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president with power changing hands peacefully at the ballot box.”
“Those decisions may have been agreed upon by a few. But they were delivered by thousands and voted for by tens of millions. No one can or should claim to have made this possible.”
“What matters is the future: the policy platforms, the ideas, the drive, and the determination to take over the President’s stewardship of our country and build upon his legacy to make our country better than it has ever been.
The statement further stated that “The person most demonstrable in those qualities is the one to lead our party and our country forward,”
You would recall that Bola Tinubu while addressing Ogun State delegates ahead of the party’s primaries, had laid claims to the being the one who ensure President Buhari’s victory in 2015.