Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said the party may punish Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the party, over his comment “against” President Muhammadu Buhari.
When he visited Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Wednesday, Tinubu told delegates of the ruling party that without him, Buhari would not have been president.
He said after three election loses, Buhari wept and said he would not contest again, but he (Tinubu) went to Katsina and asked Buhari to run again and that he would win because he and others were on the president’s side.
The comment had sparked negative reactions across the country, with many accusing Tinubu of likening himself to God.
Briefing newsmen at the APC headquarters in Abuja on Saturday, Adamu said, “We may punish him (Tinubu) for his utterances against the President.”
Adamu also said no presidential aspirant had been disqualified from contesting at the party’s presidential primary slated for Monday.
He said, “He (Tinubu) went as far as saying how Gen. Muhammadu Buhari went to him, citing instances of even prostrating in tears begging him to endorse him and to support him for the presidency. He claimed Buhari went to him.
“Though he is the president, he belongs to everybody. It is amazing how a fellow APC person would make that kind of comment in that kind of circumstances about the president. We take exception to this. It has shown that he does not show any appreciable level of respect for the office of Mr President.
“Therefore we want to make it public that we are saddened by what we saw in the video, in that reportàge and we condemn it in the strongest of terms.
“We do hope that he would never say that kind of again, particularly of the APC extraction to make such kinds of comments.
“Yes, yesterday we saw some part of a retraction but that effort is not adequate. It is not sincere. It is not in-depth enough. It doesn’t wipe out the impression that that event has left in our minds.”