The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has explained how APC truncated PDP’s plan to rule Nigeria for 60 years.
Tinubu made the revelations in Abuja during a book review in honor of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The book, ‘Muhammadu Buhari; The Challenges of Leadership In Nigeria’, written by Professor John Paden, attracted well-meaning Nigerians.
He said PDP was ousted by the merger of other political parties. He then went on to narrate how the plan was perfected.
According to Tinubu, “Many of us invested ourselves, our heart, body, mind and soul in this project for national salvation.
“Many did not want it to happen and fought to undermine the good we sought to accomplish.
“Many others straddled the sidelines, neither completely in nor completely out, but waiting to see how the prevailing winds might blow before making their move.
“Our only option was to form a national alliance. Fortunately, both the ACN and CPC regretted our inability to conclude a pact in 2011.
“We agreed there would be an intensified effort to forge the united effort that eluded us in 2011.
“In 2011, both parties wanted cooperation, but became stuck whether that should take the form of an alliance or outright merger.
“This difference gave rise to how the Vice Presidential candidate would be selected.
“In retrospect, we all were perhaps a bit too inflexible and did not realize the extent to which cooperation and flexibility were needed to establish the reform we all wanted.
“The result: each party went its own way in 2011.
“However, the talks of 2011 would foreshadow the discussions, beginning in 2013, which led to the successful merger forming the APC.
“Then we had our convention and the president made a speech that was greeted with ovation — even by those who had opposed him.
“In that speech, he said to the delight of all who heard, and I quote him:
“I can’t give you a pocketful of dollars or naira to purchase your support. Even if I could, I would not do so.
“The fate of this nation is not up for sale.
“What I will give you, and this nation, is all of my strength, commitment, sweat and toil in the service of the people. What I can give you is my all”.
“This set the tone for the campaign to come and nailed PDP.
“But first, there was the sticky issue of selecting a running mate.
“After careful study and discussion, it was agreed that we should field a religiously-balanced ticket given the sensitivities of the moment.
“Based on this conclusion, the name of Yemi Osinbajo was proposed as an excellent running mate.
“Osinbajo was also a Pastor in the largest church in the entire country, and this would answer those who wrongfully tried to paint Buhari as intolerant.
“This was how we defeated PDP in 2015,” Tinubu said.