Deputy National Chairman (North) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, has said former President Olusegun Obasanjo is sympathetic to the largest opposition party because he believes in the kind of change the party would bring to Nigeria.
Shuaibu confirmed that APC has secured the favour of Obasanjo and other ex-heads of state ahead of the 2015 general elections, even as some of them are still card carrying members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Senator Shuaibu, who revealed this in an interview, also said that Obasanjo has resolved to support anybody that could effect change from the current “legalised corruption” in the country.
He said: “We don’t have any connection with Obasanjo other than that Obasanjo sympathises with anybody that could effect change in this country. He is not a member of our party mind you, he is still a PDP man, but for the fact that he is a former president of this country people listen to him. More often than not, some people seek his advice both from PDP, APC and other parties. But he is interested in the type of change we are driving at, so he is to certain extent sympathetic to APC.”
According to Shuaibu, people make mistakes, but when they sit down and realise their mistakes, they may not be the one to correct the mistakes, but they will align with anybody who have the zeal for such change, while bringing to bear their own experience as to how such mistakes were committed in other to avoid same.
Suhaibu revealed that APC has, as a matter of policy, enforced on governments at all levels to ensure the implementation of its approved manifestos across board, adding that what happened with the parties that formed APC would totally be different from what will happen in APC.
“It is not everybody in PDP that came to join APC. Whatever has happened in PDP is because of its own system. Those who left PDP probably found themselves in the mix of strange bird fellows and what was happening in PDP affected them and they have seen the attraction in APC and have come to join the wagon for change.
“I assure you, in APC we are going to strictly observe the provision of our constitution and in line with what our manifestos stipulate, which is the principle of supremacy of the party. The party is supreme, the party dictates what happens, not the governors, not the president, because the governors are for the party and the party has programmes, policies and guidelines and everybody who is a product of the party must abide by that.”
When asked who is the leader of APC, the APC chieftain said, “Chief Oyegun is the leader, but added that “there are national leaders like Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Yusuf Ali, Chief Bisi Akande, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and many others, but because Tinubu is always in the news and others are not so much in the news like Tinubu, the issue of national leader has nothing to do with the constitution of the party.”