National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former Lagos State Governor, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu has lambasted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for questioning his right to comment on issues bordering on his party, and said that rather than taking pain relieving pills on matters of his party, the ruling party should worry instead about the decaying carcass in its front yard.
Reacting to the press statement issued by acting national publicity secretary of the PDP, Mr. Tony Okeke, Tinubu chided the PDP spokesman over what he termed ?the venom in his statement and downright gutter language he employed in attacking? his (Tinubu) remarks.
In a statement by his special adviser on media, Mr. Sunday Dare, Tinubu waxed biblical when he said ?first, PDP needs to wash both hands before complaining that the ACN has a speck of dirt on its thumb.
?We are neither perturbed, disturbed nor surprised at the level at which PDP can descend in order to attack perceived enemies or tormentors of theirs. With all the troubles facing the government and the ruling party, the acting national publicity secretary of that outfit took the time to lodge a complaint about ACN national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, exercising his right as a citizen and party leader to endorse Ekiti governor Dr. kayode Fayemi as the party?s governorship nominee so that he might seek a second term come the 2014 election in that state,? he added.
The statement read in part: ?The PDP voice box sounded off that it was wicked and undemocratic of Asiwaju Tinubu to state his opinion on a matter concerning the party to which Asiwaju belongs. We dare say if Mr Okeke tendered such advice to his party leaders that the vociferous man would rapidly find himself among the growing number of jobless Nigerians walking the streets due to the errant policies of his party.
?Since we have no desire to add to the ranks of Nigeria?s unemployed, we will help the man do his job better by teaching him a bit about democracy and party politics.
?Asiwaju Tinubu is not a brick or a piece of wood. He is a person, a Nigerian citizen to be exact. As such, he has the perfect right to express his opinion on political matters and to endorse whom he may endorse for the position of the ACN nominee for the Ekiti governorship.
?In due course, Asiwaju will surely endorse who he would for other elective positions across the country in full exercise of his fundamental right. I predict that Mr Okeke will get acute indigestion from that act as well.
?For Mr Okeke to complain is to suggest that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should remain silent. As such, Okeke shows his ignorance that the Nigerian constitution has enshrined freedom of speech as a fundamental right of all Nigerians, even us in the opposition.?
Not satisfied, the ACN national leader continued: ?Let us explain to him how a democratic political party works. Party leaders are entitled to express their opinion and endorse whom they like. The matter does not end there. Of course, party members have the right to their opinion as this enables them to weigh the opinions of their leaders. Should anyone disagrees they have the right to disagree. Should anyone want to compete against the incumbent for the party ticket, they may.
?However, now they know they will do so without the help of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Far from being undemocratic, Bola Tinubu was being transparent. He did not disguise his belief. He openly expressed it so that all will know where he stands. If you want to do otherwise, you can but you do so knowing it will be minus his support.?