The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, Bola Tinubu has pleaded with Nigerians to assist the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, to overcome its “colossal defeat” in the February 2019 general elections.
Tinubu made this statement on Monday in Makkah, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia after an Iftar dinner meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, along with Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and Emir of Kazaure, Dr Najib Hussaini Adamu.
The APC National leader said the PDP is reputed for “saucy and distractive statements”, urging Nigerians not to be angry with the opposition party, but assist the party to overcome its “colossal defeat” in the last elections.
“Don’t blame them. They are handicapped by the traumatic feelings of the colossal loss of the election. You should help them to manage the trauma,” he added.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, quoted Tinubu to have “appealed to elderly Nigerians to avoid inflammatory statements, that could undermine peaceful co-existence among the nation’s diverse communities” during the meeting.
The APC National Leader called on Nigerians to rally round President Buhari to solve the problems and stabilize the polity.
“The President worked hard and will continue to do so to ensure peace and stability in the country, which are important for the economy to make progress. These are the key pegs of his agenda. Let us all come together to support him,” he said.