Former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, hyas stated that he was against the third term ambition of his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
Tinubu disclosed that he was against a third term syndrome, hence his decision not to support the wife’s third term agenda.He, however, stated that some influential members of the Lagos APC Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, prevailed on him before he allowed his wife’s third term to the Senate. The former Lagos State governor made the disclosure while addressing party leaders and members at a stakeholders’ meeting before the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections at Police College playground, Ikeja in Lagos, over the weekend.
Reacting to allegations that he was imposing candidates on the electorate, Tinubu explained that most of his decisions were influenced by APC leaders.He said: “Let me tell the story of how Bayo Osinowo, APC Senatorial candidate for Lagos East emerged (displacing incumbent Senator Gbenga Ashafa). I was still thinking on the way to go for the primaries.
“I told them, we will not follow the third term syndrome. No candidate will go for a third term which also affected my wife Remi. I did not want her to go for a third term. But Prince Tajudeen Olusi, leader of the GAC and some members led the coup against that decision.I told them I wanted my wife back at home but they insisted that I must listen to them. And after much argument, I conceded and said I will obey you. That was how Remi got the APC third term ticket.Now coming to the East, (where Ashafa was also bidding to go for the third term and eventually lost out to Osinowo) I was contemplating on who could be our candidate when Kaoli Olusanya led leaders from Ikorodu to my house saying they have resolved to send Bayo Osinowo to the Senate for the East Senatorial District and that was it.”
Meanwhile Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to remain committed and not allow the election postponement to deter them from exercising their rights on February 23.Mr Tinubu made the call in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lagos by his Media Officer, Tunde Rahman.Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for February 16 were shifted till February 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, hours to the commencement of the polls.Governorship, state houses of assembly and Federal Capital Territory Area Council polls, earlier fixed for March 2 were also moved to March 9 by INEC due to some challenges.
SOURCE: DAILYPOST,PREMIUM TIMES
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