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PMB Can’t Clean Up PDP’s 16 Years Mess In 30 Days – Tinubu

President Muhammadu Buhari last night implored members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to forgo their differences as well as their power of influence in the interest of the country and the party.

He said for the party to achieve its manifestos of addressing issues of security, economy, employment and corruption, such sacrifice was necessary.
The president, who made this call when he hosted the party's leadership to a Ramadan breakfast at the new banquet hall of the presidential villa, restated his stance that "if we don't kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria."
Also, APC national leader and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, who was at the breakfast, responded to criticisms by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Buhari administration was too slow, saying the APC government cannot clean the 16-year mess of the PDP in 30 days.
In his speech, President Buhari recounted how the APC surmounted many obstacles and became strong enough to dislodge the PDP, and stressed the need for party members to forget their differences and unite for the sake of the country.
He said, "I always like to go down memory lane to show how lucky we are as a political group. At no stage was the decision taken by chance; it was all deliberate. The leaders of the parties felt the only way to wrest power from the PDP was for us to come together.
"I in particular was scared after previous failures of the elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011. We dissolved our various parties to form APC; then we applied to INEC. For once, I was grateful to INEC. We had gone with nine people to INEC to apply and INEC advised us that we needed at least 25 people across the people to form a political party.
"We were able to go back, raise 35 members across the country and then successfully registered the party. INEC then informed the federal government that we had met the requirements, hence we cannot be denied registration. Many doubting Thomases said merger had never succeeded in Nigeria but here we are."
Urging the party members to close ranks, the president said: "I went into this long explanation so that you will appreciate how far we have come, and for a society as ours, if we respect the constitution, then all the greed and problems will be a thing of the past.
"We should just look at Nigeria as Nigerians. No matter the level you are, loosen your influence so that we can help achieve the manifestos – security, economy, employment and corruption – because if we don't kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. We have to ensure that people we bring forward are those that will move the society forward."
Buhari further commended Tinubu for his support and words of encouragement, saying it was important to reflect on their journey in order for them to appreciate how lucky they were as a political group.
Earlier, Tinubu who described the APC as Armoured Personnel Carrier which represents the diversity of Nigeria, thanked the president for availing them the opportunity of breaking fast with him and bringing together people for various backgrounds regardless of religious affiliations.
He said, "We believe this diversity will continue to propel us for economic growth under your leadership. This is the first Ramadan after the election; we thank God for cutting down the opponents' 60 years of fake promises to 16 years.
"I heard they say we are slow. Yes, we didn't campaign to be fire-fighters, but planners – and meticulous ones at that. A latrine pit of 16 years can't be cleaned up in 30 days because the mess is much.
"Mr. President you started well; you hit the ground running. You promised Nigerians that you'll address security and your first meeting to ECOWAS was on security because we cannot fight alone.
"You have been to others places. If they forgot G7 we will remind them. We have faith in you, Mr. President; we have faith in your capacity and uprightness". The APC leader pledged that the party would continue to support the president, and "no matter what they are saying, we are not re-running the election until four years' time."

"NASS Leadership Crisis: I Stand By Buhari's Position
– Tinubu
Speaking to journalists after the break of Ramadan fast at the presidential villa, APC national leader Ahmed Tinubu said he stood by President Buhari's position that the party's wish is supreme concerning the leadership crisis in the National Assembly.
He noted that the crisis rocking the National Assembly over its leadership was one area where he was very cautious of his position and utterances.
"I still want to keep my side of the interpretation or analysis to be able to achieve a resolution of the matter as quickly as possible," he said.
"I am backing what the president has carefully enumerated and articulated to the party. The party is supreme. The party must have disciplined leadership and followers. The party's process must be respected because that is the confidence and the trust of the people."
He, however, noted that disagreement was normal in politics.
"In every environment, we should conflict – that is politics, and conflict resolution mechanism would be applied to resolve all the problems so we are there. There is honour in every struggle and every competition; there must be honour in victory, too."
On how APC should avoid the mistakes of the PDP, Tinubu maintained that the party was different.
He said, "We cannot be PDP, we are APC, we will not repeat their mistakes. We know their errors, we understand what Nigeria wanted and Nigerians gave this party victory because of our manifesto.
"We are pro-people, we are progressives. We have had a conservative government in the last 16 years; this is a progressive party, just coming in barely 30 days ago. We understand the hope of Nigerians; we understand the expectations of Nigerians. We believe in that expectation and in our promise of prosperity to the people. We will not change that."
Tinubu denied the speculation that he had a soiled relationship with the president over some his demands that had not been met by the party.
He said, "I have no demands of the party. If you understand what party politics and leadership is all about, it is about loyalty and commitment to the values which the leadership believes in. I believe in what the president believes in, I respect him and I stand firmly loyal to his cause.
"So, you can go to any length of speculation that you might want. I have not responded to all of that because I understand the president and the president understands me clearly."
Also present at the break of Ramadan fast were former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi; his Bayelsa counterpart, Timipre Sylva; APC chieftain, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, and APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, among others

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