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APC national leader emphasises on party supremacy

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Tinubu says the supremacy of the party must be respected by all members of the party.

Speaking on the backdrop of recent cries and hues about the recently concluded primaries of the party across the country, Tinubu said the leadership of the party was democratically elected and must be respected.

We all have to respect the party supremacy. You were all here when we had the Congress, we elected the new executives, the convention we had it, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power, we surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomohole, he said.

On complains trailing the party's primary elections, the party stalwart said: We agreed that the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections. 'We signed off for it.' So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it. We gave three options, consensus, where there is no consensus because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.

The next level is the stakeholders delegate and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party and the national election committee of the party. That shows party supremacy or the freest option, the less cumbersome is to hold direct primary, line up and count the number, 1,2,3. If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.

Then an appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals, as an internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn round against that. You cannot turn against all of that. No! Party is supreme, party must be respected, abuses will not do it and anger will not do it. It is party politics, somebody will win and somebody will lose.

No Threats

On the purported meeting in Dubai by one of the opposition parties to oust the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC national chairman said the APC was not threatened at all.

We don't fear, whether is in the jungle, or is in Dubai or is in Abu Dhabi, people are free to meet and strategise in any way they form but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that. They say slow and steady wins the race; we inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people. We can't go back to the pit that we inherited for16 years. They can strategise from anywhere but a leopard cannot change its skin, he added.

Source: Voice of Nigeria