Adams Oshiomhole, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the former governor of Edo State, has stated that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, cannot be held accountable for the poor performance of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oshiomhole stated this on “The Morning Show,” a segment of Arise News Channel, the television arm of THISDAY Newspaper.
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Oshiomhole’s statement came as The Atiku Mobilisers Ekiti (TAME), a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group that is mobilising support for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, claimed yesterday that Tinubu was unmarketable to Nigerians due to the country’s terrifying insecurity and precarious economic situation.
However, Oshiomhole, a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said Tinubu should not be held accountable for Buhari’s poor performance, as the former governor of Lagos State never took part in governance at any level during the current federal administration.
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He emphasised that it would be unfair for anyone to hold Tinubu accountable for the actions, policies, and application of the current administration’s policies.
Speaking on the controversy surrounding the APC’s decision to run a Muslim-Muslim ticket for president, which had sparked much discussion, the former national chairman of the party urged Nigerians to concentrate on the future of their nation.
He added that Nigeria’s issues went beyond religion and that religion couldn’t possibly be a problem for the nation.
Oshiomhole thought Nigerians should spend more time talking about the traits of the presidential candidates, particularly their capacity to approach problems in novel ways in order to anticipate novel results.
We should spend time talking about such national issues, according to Oshiomhole, given the state of the economy and security that we are currently in. Evidence suggests that Nigeria was probably at its best during the military era and afterwards when religion was not a major issue.
The former labour leader argued in favour of Tinubu by pointing out that he has a Christian wife and has been married to her for more than 40 years without pressuring her to convert.
He asked, “Will the freedom of religion be affected if we have a Muslim-Muslim ticket? If the answer is yes, then there is a serious problem, and vice versa. Why should it be a problem for anyone when Christians and Muslims can currently practise their religions freely?
Oshiomhole charged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with mismanaging the nation to the point where, following their defeat, there was an open discussion and prominent newspaper headlines about PDP leaders considering changing the party’s name.
He emphasised that Buhari inherited a dire economic situation while claiming that progress has been made in a number of areas despite the emergence of new challenges, some of which are external to the nation.
Speaking about the nation’s security, Oshiomhole suggested that the size of the armed forces be doubled in light of the country’s population’s quadrupling and the current problems both abroad and at home. He also demanded that the security architecture be reviewed.
I don’t understand why we should have separate outfits for the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Civil Defense Corps, Oshiomhole said. I have visited many different nations, but I have never noticed the abundance of agencies.
“I think there are many Nigerians who can help, if properly employed, given the level of capable young men and women,”
He made it clear that all of his opinions were his own and not those of the APC.
According to the Atiku Group, Tinubu is unmarketable due to Buhari’s failures in the economy and security.
In the meantime, TAME bragged that Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, its presidential candidate, would win more than 60% of the votes in Ekiti State in the general election of 2023.
The group cautioned APC not to get carried away by the victory celebrations following the Ekiti State governorship election on June 18. It claimed that due to the unrest and poor state of the economy, Tinubu lacked the appeal to Nigerians needed to win their support.
The group made fun of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for performing poorly in the crucial fields of economy and security.
Dr. Sikiru Lawal, the chairman of TAME and a former deputy governor of Ekiti State, urged all PDP factions to unite in support of Atiku’s election to the presidency during a speech he gave yesterday in Ado-Ekiti to a gathering of TAME’s local government coordinators.
In order to mobilise support for our candidate, Lawal stated, “We have coordinators in each of the 177 wards, and we will soon appoint the coordinators across 2,445 units. Due to poor PDP planning, we performed poorly in the governorship election in Ekiti. However, we will triumph in the Ekiti presidential election.
“We have acknowledged our errors, and the outcome was due to internal conflict. At the ward and unit levels, we are working arduously. We can make things better.
“We are going to unite. There is no party without enmity.
“Nigerians are unable to buy Asiwaju Tinubu because of unemployment, insecurity, and the poor state of the economy.
Since the APC change has caused suffering and bloodshed for Nigerians, we are going to change the “change.” Because Nigerians are sick of the APC-led administration and are prepared to vote them out, PDP is aiming for 60% of the votes cast in Ekiti.
Atiku, according to Lawal, would be simple to sell because he had a well-articulated platform, the skills, and the mental capacity to change the nation and, in particular, free the populace from the current grip of insecurity.
“Nobody is happy with the current situation,” he said. Is it related to youth unemployment, inflation, or the inability to purchase regular bread, gasoline, or diesel? Even members of the APC and Labour Party, I’m confident, will support Atiku in the upcoming election.
The impeachment process against the president, according to this group, “may be a game plan,” so Nigerians are advised to wait and vote the APC out.
Hon. Kola Oluwawole, a former speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, stated that TAME would mobilise support for Atiku across the state’s 2,445 units and 16 local government areas by utilising the human resources offered by the Ekiti PDP and other parties.
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