A support group, Youth for Tinubu Initiative (YTI), has said All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart and a presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will not leave the ruling party for any other aspirant or power bloc.
YTI’s National Coordinator Ajibola Afolayan gave the assurance while addressing reporters yesterday in Abuja.
He said the group was convinced that Asiwaju Tinubu’s network across the geo-political zones would give him the APC presidential ticket.
Dismissing the rumour of plan by the former Lagos State governor to abandon the ruling party for another, if denied the presidential ticket, Afolayan said: “Under no circumstance will Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu defect to another political party. He built the APC. Asiwaju Tinubu was one of the founders of APC. In fact, his resilience, despite all odds, ensured the success of the merger of the defunct parties that we now call Legacy Parties.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has always attributed his victory at the APC presidential convention and the 2015 general election to the selfless efforts of Bola Tinubu and a few others.
“We are convinced that his network across the geo-political zones would deliver the presidential ticket of APC for him.
“He has laboured to build the APC. The issue of abandoning the platform that he built doesn’t arise. He will get the APC ticket because we are sure that it is payback period for him.”
Afolayan expressed optimism that Asiwaju Tinubu would become the APC standard bearer in a free and fair primary election.
Advising its members not to relent in mobilising and creating awareness for the presidential ambition of the former Lagos State governor, Afolayan expressed concern over the power tussle rocking the party ahead of its national convention and urged the stakeholders to sheathe their swords and work as a united political family.
Another support group for Asiwaju Tinubu, Northern Young Professionals for Tinubu (NYPT), has opened offices in Kano State.