Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sephora News: APC mustn’t behave like PDP, Tinubu replies Okorocha

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu , has reiterated his stance on internal democracy as opposed to the idea of giving automatic tickets to aspirants .

He said his party must not behave like the Peoples Democratic Party, which , according to him , has a penchant for giving automatic tickets to its members .

Tinubu , however , said his position should not be misconstrued by the Governor Rochas Okorocha - APC governors’ forum, saying he believed that governors had an important role to play in the emergence of the party’ s candidates.

Tinubu was quoted as expressing these views in a statement on Monday by his media aide , Tunde Rahman .

According to Rahman , the statement was intended to clarify the misrepresentation in an interview that Tinubu granted journalists during his last visit to Akure .

Tinubu had been quoted as saying that the APC would not give President Muhammadu Buhari an automatic ticket for the 2019 presidential election .

Rahman noted that Okorocha had reacted to the statement credited to Tinubu , construing it as a slight on the APC governors who had endorsed Buhari for re - election in 2019.

While also speaking with journalists in Akure , Okorocha had said the governors were entitled to their right to endorse Buhari for re - election , wondering why Tinubu was “crying more than the bereaved. ”

But Rahman said Tinubu did not attack the APC governors in the interview he granted journalists in Akure .

He said , “ We note the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha ’ s statement . It is important that the record of what Asiwaju Tinubu said when approached by journalists during his last visit to Akure is accurate .

Thus, I make this statement in the hope of clarifying a misinterpretation that seems to have taken hold in some quarters.

“ I was at the interview session . Asiwaju never said anything that could be interpreted as meaning or even implying that the governors are irrelevant or insignificant to the party’ s nomination process.

“ As a former governor and a leading statesman within the party, such words would never come from him .

“Moreover , Asiwaju is a democrat who believes that the open and democratic processes of the APC , which led to the nomination of President Buhari in the first instance , have served the party well and have helped to distinguish the APC from the PDP and other parties where fairness and internal democracy are rare commodities.

“Every individual has a right to endorse or support a candidate of his choosing . What Asiwaju said at that encounter and still canvasses is that the APC should not mimic the PDP’ s penchant for short - circuiting internal democracy by promoting the idea of an automatic ticket.

“ The exercise of internal democracy and honouring the letter and spirit of party rules can only strengthen the party and enthuse its members .

“ The APC ’ s all - inclusive philosophy was not devised today. It had been with the party since its creation . ”

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