Tinubu Advises Obasanjo, IBB To Retire From Politics
Tinubu said this on Tuesday while addressing state house correspondents at the end of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
He made the comments in reaction to Obasanjo’s much talked about statement in which he advised President Buhari not to re-contest for the Presidency in 2019.
“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, who was accompanied by another chieftain of the APC, Bisi Akande also expressed confidence that the APC will win the 2019 election in a transparent manner.
“You are asking me an obvious question. I belong to this party. My commitment is for this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute the election in the most transparent, democratic manner and we will win.”
On how he felt on the appointment by President Buhari to head the reconciliation committee of the APC, he said, “Well, l feel greatly honoured with the mutual confidence that the president has reposed in me which is equally a very strong political challenge.
"We have started in earnest, he has given me free hand to put cohesion, confidence and trust in the party.
“Democracy is about conflict resolution mechanism, it is a process, you can’t do it without resolving conflict. We can’t build it without understanding the conflict and the sources of where we are coming from.
“But we want to leave a country with legacy not about Mr President that is what he is telling the nation, it is about our country and there is no other choice to a democratic fineness than through political party platforms.
“It is one of those rare things around the country, around Africa who had the experience both wars, fought a battle to save Nigeria and come to politics to save Nigeria, very rare people have such an opportunity and experience in their lifetime.
“And that is what we are talking about legacy and where we are for all those challenges what we should do and I am enjoying the challenges so far.”