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Sen. Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is in defence of party and vowed not to support the calls for the removal of the Party’s Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

He said on Wednesday while addressing journalists after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Tinubu appealed to aggrieved members to respect the party’s supremacy and channel their grievances through its appeal committee.

“We all have to respect the party’s supremacy.

“You were all here when we had the Congress and we elected the new executives. We had the convention.

“We surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination and abuse of power.

“We surrendered our rights, all rights, to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomohole, that the NWC will set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections. We signed off on it.

“So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it. We gave three options: Consensus. Where there is no consensus because you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.

“The next level is the stakeholders’ delegate and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, the National Election Committee of the party. That shows party supremacy.

“Or the freest option, the less cumbersome is direct primary – you line up and count… 1,2,3. If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.

“Then appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals – internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn against that. You cannot turn against all of that”.

The former Governor of Lagos State further stated that the party is not threatened by any move or meeting by the opposition party as he believes Nigeria will not go back to her past.

Oshiomhole had raised the alarm that some powerful members were planning to remove him as chairman because of the recently concluded primaries.

The Party Chairman also on Wednesday met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja where he addressed issues around his performance as the party’s National Chairman.

He also reacted to some reports that about 15 Governors have been making arrangements to remove him as the Party’s Chairman.

He described the rumours as false, noting, however, that he is under no illusion as his job as the party’s Chairman can come to an end at any time.

The APC National Chairman further stated that he cannot compromise his core principles of fairness and equity, simply to satisfy some aggrieved governors who are his friends.

He added that he would not mortgage his conscience to keep his job and that he has no power to appoint candidates.

According to him, if in any case he is removed as the chairman, he would have satisfied his conscience by working along the path of fairness and justice.

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