The title of ‘National Leader’ of the All Progressives Congress is not solely reserved for a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
A former information minister, Prince Tony Momoh, stated this on Monday.
Tinubu is usually referred to as national leader of the ruling party.
But, speaking in an interview (with Daily Independent), Momoh, a former national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, said the ruling party has five national leaders.
The leaders, according to Momoh, include President Muhammadu Buhari, Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
Momoh also listed himself among the leaders.
“Who says the title of national leader is reserved for Tinubu alone?
“They call him national leader and they call others national leaders too. You can say Tinubu is a national leader of APC just like Tony Momoh and Ogbonnaya Onu are also national leaders of APC.
“But the fact is, if you call him national leader of APC, he merits it because if not for the coming of the ACN from the South-West into the alliance, Buhari from CPC wouldn’t have had the number in the area of spread to become the President,” Momoh said.
Continuing, he added, “Five people are always referred to as the national leaders of the party nationally until other people started joining.
“Buhari, the leader of CPC; Tony Momoh, national chairman of CPC; Tinubu, the leader of ACN; Bisi Akande, national chairman of ACN and of course, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who was the national chairman and leader of ANPP.
“That is why they refer to three members of APC, Onu, Momoh and Akande as legacy chairmen of APC.”
However, Momoh observed that Tinubu’s role in the formation of the party cannot be denied.
“He (Tinubu) made a promise which he kept, to lead the battle for the emergence of Buhari as President,” he added.