At last, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, has revealed how he and other chieftains of his party plotted the recent electoral defeat of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking at the public presentation of the book “Dynamics of Change: The Amaechi Years,” on Thursday in Victoria Island, Lagos, Tinubu attributed the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan to a “Common Sense Revolution” anchored on a rebellion against the excesses of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The event was witnessed by a cross section of the political class and civil society including governors, former governors, senators among others. The book was authored by Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi and Dr. Chidi Amuta.
Chairman of the occasion, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, said the book only offered a glimpse into the vision that stimulated the infrastructure and developments during the Amaechi years in Rivers State.
“Indeed, there is a publication with that title authored by me in which I argued that Nigeria was ripe for a change of leadership and Nigerians must act in a Common Sense and rational way in choosing their leaders. The results of the March Presidential elections and that of April have demonstrated clearly the desire by Nigerians for change.”
Tinubu, who was guest of honour in his comments said: “Amaechi is an example of common sense revolution. In the course of the historic campaigns for the 2015 Presidential election, I was emphatic that the election itself was a great opportunity to popularise and test the noble idea of a Common Sense Revolution in Nigeria.
“Soon enough, we found in the resonance of the APC Change mantra with the electorate a confirmation that Nigeria needed a Common Sense Revolution that is non-violent.”
“Elections over, both the leaders and citizens must brace up to meet the challenges required to build a better, more prosperous nation. Indeed, even as we subscribe to the tenets of Common Sense Revolution, we must retool ourselves, the new leadership must embark on policies that will improve the general well-being of the mass of our people.
“It is a positive one to rescue, repair and restructure the nation and its institutions in ways that further collective prosperity and well-being. The only violence that is to be done is to violence, injustice and poverty themselves.
“At its essence, a common sense revolution is a call to return to a level of decency in the relationship between government and the governed, between each one of us and his neighbour.
“In my view, our gathering to celebrate the landmark achievements of my brother, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, in Rivers State in the last eight years is also another justifiable celebration of idea of Common Sense Revolution for development. The publication of the book, ‘Dynamics of Change: The Amaechi Years’, is a timely service to history.”
Commending Amaechi’s leadership of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF), Tinubu said: “This occasion is all the more remarkable because of the huge challenges Amaechi has been facing, especially in his second term from an extremely hostile federal government. His role as the chairman of the Governors’ Forum invariably brought him into a bitter collision with President Jonathan.
“Governor Amaechi and most of the governors want a properly defined federalist relationship with the government at the centre. The President would have none of that as in the notable example of the management of the federation account. This is, therefore, another great opportunity to salute Amaechi’s rare courage of conviction and sense of purpose. The APC has every cause to be proud of him,” Tinubu said.
•Contributed By Ejikeme Omenazu,Lagos