The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Thursday in Lagos said the 2013 Nigeria Governors’ Forum crisis paved the way for the end of the 16-year rule of the Peoples Democratic Party.
They made the observation during the public presentation of ‘Dynamics of Change: The Amaechi Years,’ a book edited by a former Managing Director of Daily Times, Yemi Ogunbiyi, and author, Chidi Amuta.
They explained that the crisis provided the spark that led to a common sense revolution as witnessed in the defeat of the PDP by the All Progressives Congress.
The NGF crisis erupted from an election organised by the 36 governors of the federation. Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State garnered 19 votes while his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang, had 16 votes.
However, the Presidency chose to recognise Jang as the chairman, thereby causing a split in the forum and the defection of five governors from the PDP to the APC.
Tinubu, in comments at the event, said when the split happened, he quickly wooed Amaechi.
He described the Rivers State governor as the general that the APC used to secure victory during the just concluded general elections.
Tinubu said the APC played on President Goodluck Jonathan’s lack of understanding of Arithmetic to defeat him.
He said, “Governor Amaechi and most of the governors thought of a different arithmetic algebra without derivative. Thirty six minus 16 is equal to X and if X is greater than 16, suggest the answer and if you can’t, you have failed democratic arithmetic.
“Amaechi resisted it and we joined him in the resistance. Of course, how can a leader educate and be responsible for the future of our citizens if he cannot do a division of sum total of a number, 36? We are glad today that we decided and we got rid of that leadership through ‘General’ Amaechi.”
Tinubu stated that his message of a common sense revolution gripped Nigeria and opened their eyes.
He said for instance, the Civic Centre on Victoria Island used to be a dumpsite but the state government sold it to the Chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, who turned it into a revenue-spinning machine that now pays tax to the state.
The APC leader said it was the same method that the APC would use in redefining the history of Nigeria.
He said, “We are in this hall because of its good construction. The hall is part of a common sense revolution. It used to be a dumpsite but we asked our friend, Jim Ovia, to excavate it and pay whatever price to the government. He took the risk and it is paying off. It is part of the common sense revolution.’’
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