Chekwas Okorie
Chekwas Okorie

By Ogbolu George

Presidential candidate of the United Progressives Party (UPP) in the 2015 presidential election, Chekwas Okorie has declared that the ‘nation leader’ which many call former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, was a nickname.

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He made this known in an interview with Vanguard.

El-Rufai’s Memo

Okorie said there was nothing spectacular about the memo Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, except that it was written by El​-​Rufai​.

”​If you look at it, it was a memo written in September last year and if it leaked now it points to the fact that probably the author felt frustrated that it was not looked at and he decided that the world should know he did not keep quiet when things were going wrong​,” he said.

He also said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), if faced with inter party problems, when it was in power, would have held a meeting at the Presidential Villa to trash it out.

​”​But here in APC the president gives the impression he doesn’t want to meddle into the affairs of the party but he is the de-facto leader of the party. APC seems to be like a party without a shepherd.,” he added.

No national leader

Reminded that APC seems to have a shepherd in Tinubu, the founding national Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA​, said, ”​That looks like a nickname‎.”

”Because if there is an accredited meeting of the party, Tinubu will not be there because he is not a member of NEC and this is APC that is almost three years old but does not have a Board of Trustees, BOT, because it couldn’t constitute one for fear of internal squabbles,” Chekwas said.