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One Nigeria: APC Forum asks Tinubu to apologise over past remarks

Ahmed Bola Tinubu
Ahmed Bola Tinubu

Some leaders and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the North Central zone have asked Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, APC national leader and presidential aspirant in the 2023 election, to appologise to Nigerians over the comment he made years back that he does not believe in one Nigeria.

The APC members, who have formed a forum to pursue emergence of a President from the North Central, said even though Tinubu made the comment years back, people have been making reference to it since he declared his intention to run for President.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday in Jos, Plateau capital, on behalf of the forum, Saleh Mandung Zazzaga, said if Tinubu does not appologise to Nigerians, it will put his candidature and APC in a bad light.

“In a publication of April 13th, 1997, Tinubu granted an interview in which he was quoted as saying, ‘I don’t believe in One Nigeria’ . And since that interview has resurfaced as a result of his presidential ambition declaration, people have began to raise eyebrow and asking damaging questions .

“So many people have been calling and mocking us (the party), saying that if Tinubu does not believe in One Nigeria, how come he has now believe in one Nigeria to the extent that he wants to contest for the Presidency of a Nation he did not believe in?

“This has not only been agitating the people’s mind, but the members of the APC as well, and it is not good for the wellbeing of the party as the Nation counts down to the 2023 general election. As national leader of the party, he has to speak to Nigerians on that issue, and that will make him a true nationalist and democrat.

“Therefore, the most honourable thing for Tinubu to do is come out and appologise to Nigerians on that remarks which he made before this democratic dispensation which began in 1999. And he should as well explain the rationale behind the interview to Nigerians and point out if he was misquoted or not. Whatever his explanation would be, at least, it will calm down people’s nerves and save the party from being projected in a bad light.

“Such apology will not only project him as a true leader of the party or as presidential aspirant but it will prove that he his a man of honour and dignity and someone who will take responsibility for his words, deeds and actions,” he said.

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