The leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has said that he sacrificed his Presidential ambition for the party’s chosen candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
The former Lagos State governor said that he gave up his ambition because Buhari had more experience and would be able to deal effectively with the country’s problems.
“People define patriotism as putting the country first but this is what the ‘Poverty Development Party’ refuses to understand. We chose Buhari not because Bola Tinubu is not interested in the Presidency. I am capable, competent, qualified, younger and richer but there comes a time that people must make sacrifices for their nation,” Tinubu said.
“I prayed that Nigeria would get better and we would not need a man like him (Buhari). But today, we are in a great crisis; we face a lot of challenges. When South Africa was in a great dilemma and was about to disintegrate, they called Nelson Mandela of 74 years old. He used his wisdom to save his country. When the United States was in economic depression, they called 73-year-old Ronald Reagan because he was frugal and incorruptible,” he added.
“When America was faced with depression and war, they called a retired General, Dwight Eisenhower, to rescue the country and the country was returned on a path of success. “When France was faced with war and economic depression, they called a retired General, Charles De Gaulle, to rescue the country,” Tinubu continued.
“So what do we need now? Buhari. This is the time for us. General Buhari, whether you are qualified or not qualified, we are calling you to come and rescue us in Nigeria,” he concluded.
Meanwhile the APC has denied reports that Buhari was stoned during the rally as alleged by former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos governorship aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro.