All Progressives Congress (APC) members have been asked to abstain from repeating venomous statements made by the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, by Lauretta Onochie, a presidential advisor to Muhammadu Buhari.
Onochie emphasized that reiterating Tinubu’s incendiary remarks would prolong the pain, noting that the APC national leader had begun corresponding with his rivals for the ticket after Buhari advised him to be gracious in defeat.
She asked party supporters to put their differences behind them and unify in the run-up to the 2023 presidential election.
Her words: “When President Buhari said the aspirant who wins the presidential candidacy of APC must be magnanimous in victory, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu took him seriously and reached out to those who ran with him in the Presidential Primary race. He reached out to them.
We, too must act as adults if we are going to win everyone back. It’s not right to keep repeating those words said in anger by our leader, Asiwaju. This is because many of our people are still hurting. It’s childish on our part, to keep throwing those words around and keeping the wounds still fresh.
Let’s move on from those days when the camp was balkanised along lines of different aspirants. We need EVERYONE OF OUR PEOPLE TO COME ON BOARD. Some are reluctant because we are still throwing those words in their faces, constantly.
Like our leader, Asiwaju himself has done, reaching out to those he defeated, let’s be magnanimous in victory by reaching out in a matured way to everyone we know.
That’s what I’ve been doing, anyway. The result has been amazing. Together, we will win.”