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Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by LagosStar: 3:45pm On Dec 17, 2014
Statement Released by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu regarding his withdrawal from consideration for the APC Vice- Presidential Position.


I am a Nigerian who loves his country and am hopeful about what it can become. I have seen and conducted myself as a patriot long before I thought of myself as a politician. I shall always walk this line and no other.

After all the political calculations are made and the dust of competition has settled, it must be this nation and its people who stand first and foremost. The question becomes whether we stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our best future or will we stand frail and trembling, burdened by the abject failure to surmount the multiple problems confronting us.

It against this backdrop that I assess any action I take. Here I come to my name being placed in consideration as the Vice Presidential candidate for our party, the APC. I have labored hard to move this party from being merely an idea in the minds of a few into being a political organization that might win this election and govern the nation in way that gives the people the hope and opportunity they seek. Nothing is more important to me than to realize this dream not for myself but for the people of this land I so love.

I helped to build this party, giving no thought to seeking an elected office because of it. My contribution to the party was never based on the expectation of a later political handout. Nigeria is in trouble and we are well past the moment for such narrow, selfish games.

There came a time during the course of the events when our Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari offered the Vice Presidential slot to me. Being a normal human being, I was deeply moved and honored that he would consider me for the position. Being a patriot, I had to weigh my potential candidacy in all of its dimensions.

I have concluded that the interest of the party, our campaign and of the nation are better served if I retain my position as the National leader of the APC, allowing me to be a bridge builder across all divides. Although, I declined the position, I want to thank General Buhari for extending the honor to me. Despite all the noise and opposition around my possible selection, he stood firm and steadfast. He showed the traits of a leader in holding to a decision he believed was right despite the errant plots against it.


When my name was raised, the political hatchet men tried to chop it down with rumor and lies. Over the years, I have developed a thick skin. The personal attacks did not bother me. I am used to them. While I have a thick skin, I don’t have a thick mind. There has been one form of attack that has troubled me. That is the attack based on religion. The PDP and others have stoked fear of a Muslim- Muslim ticket.

I have removed myself from consideration so what I now say cannot be seen as self-serving. I plead with the people of this nation to never allow the power lust of cynical politicians to set brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. If you look at those politicians who raise this issue the most, they are the least devout and faithful to any religion other their self-interests.

Nigeria has too many secular problems – insecurity, economic collapse, poverty , corruption and misgovernance – to allow inept people to use religion to keep us from solving these challenges for the benefit of all.

Those who exploit religion should be wary. For there really is a God and he does not like it when you play with his people or use His name to do the opposite of what He intends.

I ask the people to remove religion from the electoral equation now that the tickets of both parties are mixed. I ask you to select the ticket best able to end the downward slide that Nigeria has endured since this government took over. I ask you to remember that too many Christians and Muslims are poor. Most of all, I ask you to remember that the true religion of the PDP is poverty, APC come to bring prosperity to the people. Please vote for that.

The Nigeria I see is a nation that shall overcome. The Nigeria I see is a nation ready to sweep aside the broken ways of our recent past and the government and politicians who impose distress upon us. The Nigeria I see and seek is one where each person, every man, woman and child may live free of terrorism, free of the despair of poverty and free of the fear that the government meant to serve and protect them has turned its back to them in cold and utter indifference.

I see and seek a Nigeria where progressive democratic governance creates the political and economic space needed for each of us to contribute to rescuing and retooling this nation. And, in the process of this benign endeavor, may each and every one of us share in the sound promise and good prosperity that shall describe the architecture of our national revival.

However, not everyone that shouts the name of Nigeria believes in this vision. There are many who would have you laid low and our future tossed asunder that they may persist in reaping the unjust reward of their selfish ways. There are wolves in sheep clothing and even jackals in wolf’s clothing. I have seen them but not as residents in some strange zoo. They populate the halls of this diminished government and the party from which this government was born.

We have come to the field of fateful choice. We have been brought to test the scales of weighty decision. Shall we lift this nation upward so that from its higher vantage point we may clearly see the road to our better destiny? Or shall we continue to march the march of fools into the dark of darkness. The current path has but one end. It shall take us into the den of national collapse. We have gone far enough down this wicked avenue to be aware of what its continuance portends.

We must awaken of our own accord, my dear people, before the bell of doom rings upon us. If we wait until that moment, we would have waited too long. Our future, our fate, our destiny would have been cast into the snare of utter misfortune. This is not the song of greatness. It is the poetics of ruin.

For me, political ambition will never triumph over patriotic conviction. This delicate moment affords no space for emotion to intrude to blind us from what is best. The APC is the best and only vehicle to enact the progressive and broad change this nation cries for. I eagerly lend myself to this fine cause without me having to be on the ticket.

This is a time for cohesion and an overriding sense of mission. We must defeat the foe before us and resist all temptations intended to entice us to fight among ourselves.

I sincerely commit myself to the rescue agenda of General Buhari and Professor Osinbajo.

I declare to you, I will work and dedicate myself so that our ticket succeeds and wins the 2015 election -- not for his good, not for my good, not even for the party’s good but for the good of the nation we inhabit.

Some may call what I have done a sacrifice. I call it otherwise. It is my patriotic contribution and duty. I do so with a happy and uplifted heart and clear conscience because I have committed myself to seeking the best for this nation before seeking what is good for myself. This is the creed of statesmanship I chose to follow. May this be the creed of our party as General Buhari leads us to historic victory in the 2015 elections.



May the light of a bright future always shine on you and on our beloved nation, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


-Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
December 17th, 2014
http://saharareporters.com/2014/12/17/why-i-withdrew-vice-presidential-race-bola-tinubu

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Disclaimer: 3:50pm On Dec 17, 2014
Story storyyyyy......you withdrew to take the driver's seat. Otey angry angry angryTIFNUBU managing the affairs of APC since childhood. grin grin

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Nobody: 3:52pm On Dec 17, 2014
Behold Our Incoming Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEi7e1mBG-g

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by donphilopus: 3:52pm On Dec 17, 2014
Nice one sir. Tinubu has once again shown to Nigerians that the interest of his party/Nigerians supersedes his personal interest!

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by LagosStar: 3:53pm On Dec 17, 2014
Whao! Didnt know he was actually offered the position by GMB himself.

What a sacrifice! Very few can turn down such an offer.

Respect Asiwaju!

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Disclaimer: 3:54pm On Dec 17, 2014
This space is not for sale. Trespassers will be percecuted. undecided

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Nobody: 3:55pm On Dec 17, 2014
I have removed myself from consideration so what I now say cannot be seen as self-serving. I plead with the people of this nation to never allow the power lust of cynical politicians to set brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. If you look at those politicians who raise this issue the most, they are the least devout and faithful to any religion other their self-interests.
Alhaji Ahmed Tinubu, you may not be perfect but you have shown example of how to be a servant-leader and relegating personal interest to satisfy national interest. God bless You Sir...


Long Live The Jagaban

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by temitemi1(m): 3:56pm On Dec 17, 2014
Tinubu jegudu jera... GEJ till 2019, no shaking!!!

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by okiezman(m): 3:56pm On Dec 17, 2014
Asiwaju tinubu stop lying please....you want take your stealing mentality to executive level e no go work for you in this life...and your party will never smell power...God knows...

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by stal: 3:59pm On Dec 17, 2014
I have a very good respect for tinubu. This writeup is a masterpiece. My only reservation for him is his religious insensitivity in allowing Muslims taking major position in his party while marginalising other religions. This move alone make apc appear as people tag it. Imagine majority of top shot in Lagos state civil service are moslems. Why are the other religion marginalized. Anyway I wish him well in his next endeavor

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by hazyfm: 3:59pm On Dec 17, 2014
Nice piece,



Nigeria First, Our Personal Goals next

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by thegoodone2(m): 3:59pm On Dec 17, 2014
Good move

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by theV0ice: 4:00pm On Dec 17, 2014
I'm very glad Tinubu wasn't chosen. It would have painted the APC as being all about power.

Now we can focus on getting the general and the prof elected to do the job for the collective good of all Nigerians.

God bless Nigeria boku boku

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by vedaxcool(m): 4:01pm On Dec 17, 2014
If tinubu was tupac he just. Hit them up! This statement ruined pdp beyond repair. Asiwaju has won the heart of the sane segment of society. Sai Buhari long live Nigeria down with the thieves, down with the killers,down with the criminals, down with sectionalists, down with the secessionists

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by akpanoka: 4:01pm On Dec 17, 2014
Tinubu sounds bittered. Read between d lines

Meanwhile, Amaechi and co should be careful, Tinubu will slide them when he has d chance. They're responsible for his crash

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Nobody: 4:06pm On Dec 17, 2014
Yes Tinubu many Christians and Muslims are poor and we know you are a multi billionaire. How many of Jose poor people have you helped take out of poverty?
How can one reconcile your stupendous wealth with the abject poverty around you?

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by donphilopus: 4:08pm On Dec 17, 2014
LagosStar:
Whao! Didnt know he was actually offered the position by GMB himself.

What a sacrifice! Very few can turn down such an offer.

Respect Asiwaju!



Not that he was actually offered the position. He was only given the assignment of selecting a befitting VP for Buhari. Tinubu gat my respect any day, anytime. We're looking forward to seeing SouthWestern-ers vote in en masse for APC!

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Delafruita(m): 4:14pm On Dec 17, 2014
stal:
I have a very good respect for tinubu. This writeup is a masterpiece. My only reservation for him is his religious insensitivity in allowing Muslims taking major position in his party while marginalising other religions. This move alone make apc appear as people tag it. Imagine majority of top shot in Lagos state civil service are moslems. Why are the other religion marginalized. Anyway I wish him well in his next endeavor
how are majority of those in lagos state civil service muslims?the LSCS is a very wide and broad organization that encompasses over 50 branches so I wonder how you arrived at your conclusion.

I admire bola tinubu's sagacity and I have much respect for him but I sincerely don't agree with the choice of buhari as presidential candidate and osibanjo as his vice.buhari doesn't seem to have an idea of what a 21st century nigeria should be.an anti-corruption mantra isn't enough to move a country forward.despite the monumental corruption in lagos,fashola has still achieved a lot so I believe a president with a vision can still achieve a lot inspite of corruption.I would have loved seeing a fashola on the ballot or even an amaechi.its unfortunate they weren't even allowed to put themselves up for consideration

Osibanjo has no political weight.almost on the same level with tunde bakare and fola adeola.wrong choice

As for me,my vote will go to tunji braithwaite.I believe in his ideas even though I don't understand his politics.ambode gets my vote just as all APC candidates in my constituency.unfortunately,I found it difficult to tune in to the buhari frequency though I sincerely hope he wins because this nation cannot endure 4 more years of the fedora wearing buffoon.

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by desgiezd(m): 4:14pm On Dec 17, 2014
That's the man I love, the one I respect so much, the one I regard as the greatest political strategist of our time. Much respect, sir.

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by hazyfm: 4:16pm On Dec 17, 2014
laBarca:
Alhaji Ahmed Tinubu, you may not be perfect but you have shown example of how to be a servant-leader and relegating personal interest to satisfy national interest. God bless You Sir...


Long Live The Jagaban

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Nobody: 4:21pm On Dec 17, 2014
Thank Goodness he wasn't chosen.. He would have killed my soft Spot for the people's general... GMB for 2015

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Rad1cal: 4:23pm On Dec 17, 2014
Imagine the anti kworuption fighter endorsing tinubu as his vice. shocked

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by LogicPower(m): 4:23pm On Dec 17, 2014
APContherun:
Yes Tinubu many Christians and Muslims are poor and we know you are a multi billionaire. How many of Jose poor people have you helped take out of poverty?
How can one reconcile your stupendous wealth with the abject poverty around you?

The question in bold is, to be honest, a pertinent and nerve-touching one, and I wish we can dare look ALL the super-rich elite in the face and ask them this same question, especially the Clueless-In-Chief, whose feeding budget runs into billions, and one of our female 'presidents' who spends billions of Naira of public money on hiring private jets just for herself.

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by BossAyuk: 4:25pm On Dec 17, 2014
APContherun:
Yes Tinubu many Christians and Muslims are poor and we know you are a multi billionaire. How many of Jose poor people have you helped take out of poverty?
How can one reconcile your stupendous wealth with the abject poverty around you?
At least he doesn't feed on a whooping 1 billion naira a year like the Fisherman. That money alone can feed some communities for years.

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Nobody: 4:26pm On Dec 17, 2014
desgiezd:
That's the man I love, the one I respect so much, the one I regard as the greatest political strategist of our time. Much respect, sir.
In all honesty i respect his political sagacity but his overbearing influence as the Kingmaker of Lagos politics is making me have a rethink..Local government have been reduced to zero, they re absolutely useless as long as they pay their dues to d imperial master of bourdillion.

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by dridowu: 4:28pm On Dec 17, 2014
Tinubu knows what is good for the party and Nigeria at large .
God Bless Nigeria

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by medamillion(m): 4:29pm On Dec 17, 2014
Let's look beyond religion, and vote the "rescue team". Please vote change, it's hightime we stopped selfish politicians from religion blackmail.

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by BossAyuk: 4:32pm On Dec 17, 2014
philips70:


Why do you always celebrate your daftness with so much vigour in this forum? Are you competing with anyone in this regard?
grin grin

anonimi:


Yes!
I am competing with you, thought you knew cheesy
What is the score now grin
You're obviously leading with a wide margin. You always show your daftness in different colours grin grin

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by SweetJoystick(m): 4:32pm On Dec 17, 2014
Nice
Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Nobody: 4:32pm On Dec 17, 2014
I doubt it if he withdrew self, he was resoundingly rejected by other party stakeholders, you can feel it from the tone of this message..Anyway
Buhari for 2015
Change is all we want

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Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by Brimmie(m): 4:39pm On Dec 17, 2014
Re: Why I Withdrew From Vice Presidential Race- Bola Tinubu by agog: 4:44pm On Dec 17, 2014
well said..........

LagosStar:

......We have been brought to test the scales of weighty decision. Shall we lift this nation upward so that from its higher vantage point we may clearly see the road to our better destiny? Or shall we continue to march the march of fools into the dark of darkness......?




http://saharareporters.com/2014/12/17/why-i-withdrew-vice-presidential-race-bola-tinubu

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