National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, “are yesterdays men and should allow Nigeria to move on.”
Tinubu, who came to the Presidential Villa in Abuja in company of the former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, said that the reconciliatory assignment in the APC has started in earnest.
Reacting to separate statements released by both former leaders, the APC leader said, “I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested.
“It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la carte but they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.”
Tinubu also disclosed that he has been given free hand in his assignment to reconcile all aggrieved members of the APC.
Buhari had last week appointed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and peace building efforts within the party.
Speaking on his assignment to reconcile aggrieved members, Tinubu said, “Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from. But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s telling the country. I’m enjoying the challenges so far.”
On what are the chances of APC during the 2019 elections, Tinubu said, “You are asking me an obvious question. I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner and we will win.”
In a related development, Buhari held a closed-door meeting with Tinubu and Akande.
The President had earlier met with a former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting, held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was the second meeting that has been held between the President and the two-party chieftains this year.
The meeting took place after President Buhari received letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr Alat Mogaskia; the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa and that of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy Sea to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi.
But Abdulsalami declined to speak to State House correspondents after the meeting with Buhari which lasted for less than one hour.