APC chieftain explains why Tinubu will leave the party


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Mohammed Lawal, says a national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will only leave the party if President Muhammadu Buhari quits the ruling party.

Lawal, who was the Deputy Director, Coordination and Implementation of the APC Presidential Campaign Office in 2015, therefore, dismissed reports that there was friction between Tinubu and the President.

Lawal said this during an interview with our correspondent on Monday.


The APC chieftain, who is a member of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, said Tinubu had benefitted hugely from the Buhari government, adding that there was no cause for disagreement between the ex-Lagos State governor and the President.

He said, “Tinubu is not complaining and he has benefitted from this government. People are complaining on behalf of Tinubu in order to drive a wedge between him and the President.

“Tinubu has said he has no plan to form any mega party and even the Chairman of the PDP’s Board of Trustees has said he hasn’t spoken to Tinubu in over three years but people just don’t want to accept the truth. For God’s sake, people should leave the man alone.

“Tinubu is going nowhere. He and Buhari are like Siamese twins and no one can separate them politically. Tinubu will only leave the APC if the President leaves the APC.”

Lawal said the Buhari administration was doing everything possible to take the country out of recession.

He, therefore, urged the Emir of Kano and former Central Bank Governor, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, not to meddle in politics.

The APC chief added, “The emir has free access to the President and his economic team. He is no longer the CBN governor but now holds a respected traditional position. He should not soil his turban. Such outbursts should not emanate from an emir.”

Lawal hailed the performance of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who will be screened by the Senate this week.

He urged the Senate to quickly confirm Magu’s appointment and stop playing politics.

He added, “Magu doesn’t need their confirmation to work. If he continues to do his work meritoriously, he will be promoted to his next rank as a police officer and return to the Force. So, refusing to confirm him is childish. The man is incorruptible. I doubt if the Senate can find anyone better.

“Magu is fighting thieves and looters, so if you have nothing to hide, why should you frustrate his confirmation?”