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PDP says announcement of Tinubu as APC reconciliation chair is a “shame” – actually, it’s complicated

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PDP says announcement of Tinubu as APC reconciliation chair is a “shame” – actually, it’s complicated

In a short statement on Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the appointment of APC national leader, Bola TInubu as the chairman of the ruling party’s reconciliation efforts as a “shame”.

The PDP said that it is further proof of the federal government’s ineptitude and gross incompetence.

The PDP’s argument

According to the opposition party, the announcement should not have been made by the presidency but by the APC itself since Tinubu was designated to carry out a strictly partisan duty.

“Gen. Buhari, Nigeria President is ‘not aware’ that the Federal Government of Nigeria is different from APC and such announcement should be made by the Party, the APC and not the Federal Government of Nigeria. What a shame!” the PDP said.

Obiageli Ezekwesili agrees

In a separate comment, the convener of the #RedCardMovement, Obiageli Ezekwesili, also frowned at the presidency’s decision to announce Tinubu’s appointment. She said the presidency was wrong to issue the statement as its handles are an extension of the office of the president and not that of the APC candidate.

 

But it is more complicated

If the presidency does not announce the appointment, who would do it? Everyone says the leadership of the ruling party, APC, should have done it.

However, the chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, is not exactly the chummiest with Tinubu. Recall that in September 2016, Tinubu asked Oyegun to resign after the contentious Ondo state governorship primary. “To rescue the party, Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time,” Tinubu had said in a strongly worded statement.

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