When Will Adamu Sanction Tinubu?
Three months have passed since the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, promised that the presidential candidate of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu would be sanctioned over the jabs he threw at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu as the leading aspirants in the party, had in an outburst at a meeting with APC delegates in Abeokuta last June, said it was his turn to fly the party’s ticket, having facilitated the emergence of Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as president and vice president in the 2015 general election.
“If not for me that stood behind Buhari he wouldn’t have become the president. He tried the first time, he failed, the second time, he failed, the third, he failed; he even wept on national television and vowed never to contest again but I went to meet him in Kaduna and told him he will run again; I will stand by you and you will win, but you must not joke with Yorubas and he agreed,” said the former governor of Lagos State
Tinubu later issued a statement to apologise to the president but Adamu said his apology was not enough as it had not erased the impression created in the minds of many Nigerians. He expressed willingness to punish him over utterances.
“His utterances are very very insulting. It’s very very unbecoming for a person of that standing to do what he did to the sitting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President produced by the votes of the APC. Yesterday we saw some part of a retraction but that effort is not adequate. It is not sincere. It doesn’t wipe out the impression that that event has left in our minds,” he added.
One of the ways Adamu wanted to punish Tinubu was to impose the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan on the party. But the plot failed woefully as the former Lagos governor emerged the presidential candidate of the party to the consternation of Adamu.
Since then, having seen that he had no choice, the APC chairman has been following Tinubu everywhere like a child, and vigorously campaigning as the flagbearer of the party. Where then is the sanctions he publicly declared to impose on Tinubu?