Tinubu Tells Why He Is Not VP Candidate.

Statement Released by Asiwaju Bola
Ahmed Tinubu regarding his withdrawal
from consideration for the APC Vice-
Presidential Position.

PRESS RELEASE

am a Nigerian who loves his country and
am hopeful about what it can become. I
have seen and conducted myself as a
patriot long before I thought of myself as a
politician.  I shall always walk this line and no
other.
ter all the political calculations are made and
the dust of competition has settled, it must be
this nation and its people who stand first and
foremost. The question becomes whether we
stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our
best future or will we stand frail and trembling,
burdened by the abject failure to surmount the
multiple problems confronting us.
It against this backdrop that I assess any
action I take. Here I come to my name being
placed in consideration as the Vice Presidential
candidate for our party, the APC.  I have labored
hard to move this party from being merely an
idea in the minds of a few into being a political
organization that might win this election and
govern the nation in way that gives the people
the hope and opportunity they seek. Nothing is
more important to me than to realize this dream
not for myself but for the people of this land I
so love.
I helped to build this party, giving no thought to
seeking an elected office because of it. My
contribution to the party was never based on
the expectation of a later political handout.
Nigeria is in trouble and we are well past the
moment for such narrow, selfish games.
There came a time during the course of the
events when our Presidential candidate, General
Muhammadu Buhari offered the Vice
Presidential slot to me.  Being a normal human
being, I was deeply moved and honored that he
would consider me for the position. Being a
patriot, I had to weigh my potential candidacy in
all of its dimensions.
I have concluded that the interest of the party,
our campaign and of the nation are better
served if I retain my position as the National
leader of the APC, allowing me to be a bridge
builder across all divides.  Although, I declined
the position, I want to thank General Buhari for
extending the honor to me. Despite all the noise
and opposition around my possible selection, he
stood firm and steadfast. He showed the traits
of a leader in holding to a decision he believed
was right despite the errant plots against it.
When my name was raised, the political hatchet
men tried to chop it down with rumor and lies.
Over the years, I have developed a thick skin.
The personal attacks did not bother me. I am
used to them. While I have a thick skin, I don’t
have a thick mind.  There has been one form of
attack that has troubled me. That is the attack
based on religion. The PDP and others have
stoked fear of a Muslim- Muslim ticket.
I have removed myself from consideration so
what I now say cannot be seen as self-
serving.  I plead with the people of this nation
to never allow the power lust of cynical
politicians to set brother against brother,
neighbor against neighbor. If you look at those
politicians who raise this issue the most, they
are the least devout and faithful to any religion
other their self-interests.
Nigeria has too many secular problems –
insecurity,  economic collapse, poverty ,
corruption and misgovernance – to allow inept
people to use religion to keep us from solving
these challenges for the benefit of all.
Those who exploit religion should be wary. For
there really is a God and he does not like it
when you play with his people or use His name
to do the opposite of what He intends.
I ask the people to remove religion from the
electoral equation now that the tickets of both
parties are mixed.  I ask you to select the ticket
best able to end the downward slide that
Nigeria has endured since this government took
over. I ask you to remember that too many
Christians and Muslims are poor. Most of all, I
ask you to remember that the true religion of
the PDP is poverty,  APC come to bring
prosperity to the people.  Please vote for
that.
The Nigeria I see is a nation that shall
overcome. The Nigeria I see is a nation ready to
sweep aside the broken ways of our recent past
and the government and politicians who impose
distress upon us. The Nigeria I see and seek is
one where each person, every man, woman and
child may live free of terrorism, free of the
despair of poverty and free of the fear that the
government meant to serve and protect them
has turned its back to them  in cold and utter
indifference.
I see and seek a Nigeria where progressive
democratic governance creates the political and
economic space needed for each of us to
contribute to rescuing and retooling this
nation.  And, in the process of this benign
endeavor, may each and every one of us share
in the sound promise and good prosperity that
shall describe the architecture of our national
revival.
However, not everyone that shouts the name of
Nigeria believes in this vision. There are many
who would have you laid low and our future
tossed asunder that they may persist in reaping
the unjust reward of their selfish ways. There
are wolves in sheep clothing and even jackals in
wolf’s clothing. I have seen them but not as
residents in some strange zoo. They populate
the halls of this diminished government and the
party from which this government was born.
We have come to the field of fateful choice. We
have been brought to test the scales of weighty
decision. Shall we lift this nation upward so that
from its higher vantage point we may clearly
see the road to our better destiny? Or shall we
continue to march the march of fools into the
dark of darkness. The current path has but one
end. It shall take us into the den of national
collapse. We have gone far enough down this
wicked avenue to be aware of what its
continuance portends.
We must awaken of our own accord, my dear
people, before the bell of doom rings upon us. If
we wait until that moment, we would have
waited too long. Our future, our fate, our destiny
would have been cast into the snare of utter
misfortune. This is not the song of greatness. It
is the poetics of ruin.
For me, political ambition will never triumph
over patriotic conviction. This delicate moment
affords no space for emotion to intrude to blind
us from what is best. The APC is the best and
only vehicle to enact the progressive and broad
change this nation cries for.  I eagerly lend
myself to this fine cause without me having to
be on the ticket.
This is a time for cohesion and an overriding
sense of mission. We must defeat the foe
before us and resist all temptations intended to
entice us to fight among ourselves.
I sincerely commit myself to the rescue agenda
of General Buhari and Professor Osinbajo.
I declare to you, I will work and dedicate myself
so that our ticket succeeds and wins the 2015
election -- not for his good, not for my good, not
even for the party’s good but for the good of
the nation we inhabit.
Some may call what I have done a sacrifice. I
call it otherwise. It is my patriotic contribution
and duty. I do so with a happy and uplifted
heart and clear conscience because I have
committed myself to seeking the best for this
nation before seeking what is good for myself.
This is the creed of statesmanship I chose to
follow. May this be the creed of our party as
General Buhari leads us to historic victory in the
2015 elections.
May the light of a bright future always shine on
you and on our beloved nation, the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.
-Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
December 17th, 2014

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