“WHILE ALL THE CONTESTANTS EXPECTED PRESIDENT BUHARI TO “CHOOSE” HIS SUCCESSOR, HE SIMPLY ALLOWED A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD – TINUBU
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a “true leader, brother and friend” who demonstrated a “sense of purpose, composure, and maturity” in the weeks leading to the Special Convention of the Party.
In a letter to the President, which he personally signed, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu expressed gratitude for the President’s congratulatory letter to him, adding that while all the contestants expected President Buhari to “choose” his successor, he simply allowed a level playing field.
Your Excellency, one must admire the sense of purpose, composure, and maturity you demonstrated in the weeks and months preceding the primary elections of our great party. As aspirants and party leaders, we all pleaded with you to “choose” your successor, a part of the letter read.
Naturally, this is expected especially in African democracy. Up until the 6th of June, 2022, the day of the APC Presidential primaries, the whole of Nigeria, including myself, was waiting for you to announce your preferred candidate. All of us thought and believed this was a very simple matter, Asiwaju Tinubu wrote.
According to him, President Buhari belonged to everybody in the party and belonged to none of the individual candidates of the party. He wrote, “as the hours rolled by that evening, it became clear to me that all of us were your preferred candidates.”
He congratulated the President on the successful conclusion of the Convention and assured him of an issue-focused campaign leading to the 2023 general elections.