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The National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, on Saturday, lambasted Tinubu over his outburst in Abeokuta on Thursday, where he said Buhari could not win previous presidential elections until he agreed to support him.

Tinubu had also said it was the turn of the South-West to produce the presidential candidate of the party and he should emerge as the APC flag bearer.

Reacting to the aspirant’s comment, Adamu stated that it was unbecoming of a leader of his stature, adding that the party found his statement insulting to the President.

Adamu said, “We are saddened by what we saw in the video and pray that we don’t see such again. I, as the chairman of this party, have a duty to stand by Mr President.

“Tinubu went as far as saying how General Muhammadu Buhari went to him, citing instances of even prostrating in tears and begging him to endorse him and to support him for the presidency. He claimed that Buhari went to him. His utterances are very insulting. It’s very unbecoming for a person of that standing to do what he did to the sitting President of Nigeria, the President produced by the votes of the APC.

“Therefore, we want to make it public that we are saddened by what we saw in the video, in that reportage and we condemn it in the strongest of terms. We do hope that he will never say that kind of thing again, particularly of the APC extraction to make such kind of comment.”

Adamu added that he found it disturbing that rather than apologise, Tinubu made an unsuccessful attempt to twist what he said.

He stated, “There was no remorse. We saw some traces of withdrawal of those statements. You see these are statements of his intention of actual action. Yes, we can’t say we refuse not seeing on the papers. It happened. He said he has the greatest respect for the President.

“What is out is out. What he did say was not an apology. It’s just like trying to retract and you say I didn’t mean this. It’s a problem of misinterpretation. It is not regret.”

Asked if the APC would punish the national leader, Adamu said a decision had not been taken.

He said, “If there is the need to penalise any member of the party, not just Bola Tinubu, but anybody, we will bring such to the party’s book.

“At the time this event took place, the screening committee had not presented its report to us or suggested that anybody was under any threat. So, there was no justification for the time that this thing happened.”

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