Tinubu’s assertion comes on the heels of former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that the merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party was real.
The leaders spoke in Lagos on Monday during the presentation of a book, ‘Witness to History,’ written by ACN’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed.
Present on the occasion were Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola; his Niger State counterpart, Babangida Aliyu; former Lagos Governor Lateef Jakande, and the book reviewer, Mr. Odia Ofiemum.
Other personalities who witnessed the event are the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory Nasir el-Rufai; Prof. Yemi Osibanjo; Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, Femi Ipaye; Mr. Femi Gbajiabiamila, and Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Tinubu, who presented the book, noted that with the formation of APC, a storm had come to Nigeria.
He said, “The storm is here. APC is the storm and positive storm for that. We are mindful that change never comes easy. We need to arm ourselves for the great task ahead.
“We have been in the opposition for too long. We do not need to use the word ‘opposition’ for ourselves. We are ‘progressives’ and ‘government in waiting.’ We stand for something. We stand for democracy, liberty and justice. We also stand for prosperity, economic advancement and eradication of corruption.”
While stressing that the party did not hate anyone; Tinubu stressed that it is opposed to bad governance, poverty, hunger, corruption, among other socio-economic ills.
Buhari said, “The merger is going to be real. We are not afraid of anybody. If we can mobilise our constituents, I do not think any sensible person will attempt to rig.
“The merger is the only way we can defeat rigging.”
Buhari also that the CPC would hold its convention on May 11.