This should not come as a surprise to anyone going by the 'rift' between the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and its chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun.

Tinubu in a statement applauded President Muhammadu Buhari's rejection of tenure elongation for the party chairman and other principal officers.

The former Lagos State governor, in the statement entitled, ‘The President has spoken,’ said the address was  straightforward, adding that it showed that the APC was committed to the principles of internal democracy and the rule of law.

Tinubu said, “President Buhari’s action saves the party from a serious legal turmoil. If the elongations were deemed illegal, then all subsequent party actions, including the nomination of all of our candidates for elective offices, might also be of questionable legality.

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“Such a predicament would constitute an unnecessary and a mortal blow to the party and its role in promoting progressive governance in Nigeria.”

According to Tinubu, the President has affirmed that the APC was a party that adhereed to internal democracy.

He said: "The President has spoken. Today is a good day for those who cherish democracy and legality.  His action will also strengthen the party by allowing party members, including present incumbents, to seek to contribute to the party by vying for executive offices as they see fit".

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