National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu said Monday that Nigerians should help the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to overcome the trauma of their “colossal defeat” in the February 2019 presidential election.
Tinubu also described the POP as having reputation for “saucy and distractive statements’’, urging Nigerians not to be angry with the opposition party, but assist them to get over their electoral loss.
“Don’t blame them. They are handicapped by the traumatic feelings of the colossal loss of the election. You should help them to manage the trauma,” he added.
The APC leader at an Iftar dinner meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, appealed to elderly Nigerians to avoid inflammatory statements that could undermine peaceful co-existence among the nation’s diverse communities.
A statement by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu noted that the former Lagos State governor said all citizens should consider the enormity of challenges facing the nation, and support the President.
He urged Nigerians to rally round President Buhari to solve the problems and stabilize the polity.
“The President worked hard and will continue to do so to ensure peace and stability in the country, which are important for the economy to make progress. These are the key pegs of his agenda. Let us all come together to support him,” he said.
Tinubu commended President Buhari for the recognition of June 12th as the nation’s Democracy Day, Shehu noted in the statement.
In his remarks, The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II who was also present at the dinner pledged his support to the success of the President’s administration.
The Sultan led prayers for President Buhari’s second term in office, and for the nation to overcome current challenges.
Other guests at the Iftar dinner, according to the statement, were: Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Justice Isa Dodo, Malam Mamman Daura, Isma’ila Isa, Mr Wale Tinubu and Mr Hakeem P. Fahm, the Commissioner of Science and Technology, Lagos State.