Saturday, 16 January 2016

Tinubu Reacts To PDP Members Defection To APC

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has reacted to report by Newswire, that he flayed the defection of some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), The Nation reports.The APC national leader, on Friday, January 15, said the
report is a figment of the imagination of the platform’s reporter and a plot to cause disaffection within the ranks of the party.

Tinubu, who is a former governor of Lagos state, alleged that Newswire and a section of the social media are being used by the PDP for a concerted campaign against his person.

The national leader also cited a recent report by the section of the social media linking him with the decision of The Nation newspaper to return the N9 million it received through the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) as compensation for the disruption of its operations by security agents last year.

He questioned why he would be linked with the return of the said sum when he is not involved in the running of the newspaper and did not know about NPAN’s decision to ask for compensation.

Newswire reported that the APC leader expressed anxiety over the influx of PDP members to the APC, saying it would “crumble the APC, especially if President Buhari decides to do just a term.”
The report quoted Tinubu as saying: “The President Buhari I know has very good intentions for Nigeria and he would want to hand over to someone he deems not to be corrupt.

“It is even possible that the President already has a successor in mind. And the danger is this: at the fullness of time, these PDP defectors will form an unholy alliance with some politicians in APC and across the board to thwart the President’s succession plan. And that will be the end of the APC and a new rising for the PDP.”

“I’m not elated about the news of former senators and even serving ones defecting to the APC. Even if a governor from the opposition defects today, I will not celebrate it.

“I think the President should be leery and extremely cautious of these PDP defectors and should not give them any serious responsibilities because at the appropriate time, they will manifest great evil and disaster against the President and the APC.”

The APC chieftain denied granting interview to any news medium on the subject matter, insisting that he could not have said that. He said the report was aimed at causing disaffection in the party.

“It is not the first time that kind of story would be ascribed to me even though I did not grant anyone an interview. It is a hatchet man’s job whose purpose is to cause disaffection in our great party,” he said.

Recall that the report had quoted the APC leader as saying that the mass defection of the PDP members to APC might have grave consequences on President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Tinubu, was quoted to have hinted that President Buhari plans to spend a single term in office. He allegedly gave the revelation while reacting to the massive wave of defections by members of the PDP to the APC.


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