Tinubu Applauds Tambuwal's Withdrawal From Presidential Race

Former Lagos State Governor and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has described the decision of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to jettison his presidential bid as bold and patriotic.
In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, Tinubu said the APC had become stronger since Tambuwal joined the party.
“Your bold decision to suspend the pursuit of your presidential ambition is cast in the mold of defining sagacious political decisions that have set the tone for positive and progressive thinking so badly needed to lift our country up.
“This sacrifice you have made will not be in vain. It must be noted by all democrats across the country as an act of great patriotism. We all appreciate the position you have taken and the sacrifice you have made,” he said.
Tinubu said there are lessons to be learnt from all that are unfolding in the party towards building a better future, adding that the sacrifice the Speaker made would serve as a good example to the young and old in the party.
“This is noted by the party and Nigerians.  You have demonstrated the true spirit of democracy. You have indeed shown the way to all other party members on the kind of sacrifice expected of them. You are a good example to the young and old and the leading lights of our party.
“You secured the wish of a virile section of our party, especially your colleagues, honourable members who meant well in their desire to have you vie for the highest office of the land.  And excited by your politics and candidature, most Nigerians looked in your direction hopeful in the prospects of your candidacy and a new Nigeria.
“But rather than pursue a selfish ambition, you humbly submitted yourself to the service of the common good. Whatever anyone may say, you have made history.
“Since you joined our party, the APC has become stronger. You have brought strength to our party through a political profile that is unrivalled. Having travelled through over 300 federal constituencies, the widespread support you enjoy across the country validates you as a leader for our generation and a political asset for our great party.
“Undoubtedly, you have what it takes to lead this country to a better future and we take note of your astuteness, brilliant political trajectory and preparedness for higher service.
“Your sacrifice for the cohesion of the party and a greater Nigeria will go down in history as one of the greatest pragmatic and progressive political sacrifices ever made in the politics of our country.
“You have demonstrated to all that after the political calculations are made and the dust of competition has settled, it must be this nation and its people who shall stand. Therein, we find the lessons of your decision to suspend your participation in the presidential contest for now.
“You have demonstrated that your  political convenience will never triumph over patriotic conviction. You no doubt joined the APC not to advance any personal ambition. Your decision in this delicate moment gave no space for emotion to intrude into the path of objectivity and blind you and many of us from what is best. The APC is the best vehicle to enact the progressive and broad change this nation cries for.  I salute you for eagerly lending yourself to this fine cause. You will never walk alone.
“Though many, including myself, may call what you have done a sacrifice, I wish to again call it otherwise. It is a patriotic contribution and duty, “ he added


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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