Presidency 2023: I Must Discuss Myself, Not Others, Says Tinubu As He Declares Ambition - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



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Presidency 2023: I Must Discuss Myself, Not Others, Says Tinubu As He Declares Ambition

                    •Buhari and Tinubu

The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has crossed the first hurdle with declaration of his ambition to run for the nation's Presidential seat come 2023.

Asiwaju Tinubu alao informed President General Muhammadu Buhari of his decision to run for the office of President in 2023.

The former governor of Lagos State disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday after a private meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, hammering that he must discuss and talk about himself in respect of 2023 race and not others, who were yet to express their intentions.

Tinubu’s meeting with the President came days after he (Buhari) declared in an interview with Channels TV that he would not divulge his favourite for the APC 2023 presidential ticket lest he/she be eliminated by unnamed persons.

Asked if he had officially informed Buhari about his ambition to run, the APC leader said, “I answer that with a categorical yes. I’ve informed the President of my intention, but I have not informed Nigerians yet. I’m still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. And I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people I will consult.

“You will soon hear; all you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve got that truth from me that I have informed Mr President of my ambition, and you don’t expect more answers than that.”

The former Lagos State Governor also revealed that the President did not advise him to drop his ambition.

“He is a democrat. He didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to attempt and pursue my ambition. It is a lifelong ambition. So, why do I expect him to say more than that? You are running a democratic dispensation, and you must adopt the principles and the values and virtues of democracy. That’s it,” he said.

Asked if his potential race for the APC ticket with the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; for whom many groups have been mobilising support, Tinubu revealed that, as former Governor of Lagos State, he possessed the capacity, confidence and vision to “rule” the country.

“I don’t want to discuss individuals now. I must discuss myself. I have the confidence, the vision, the capacity to rule, build on the foundation of Mr  President, and turn Nigeria better. I have done that with commitment in Lagos State.

“You’ve seen that experience and the capacity to turn things around, and that is what we are doing. You know, the confusion and drift of the past in the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) are being corrected. And you can’t take away from that. As we are today, go back to the data on how many barrels of oil were we producing when we first came in and what it is today? Even at the time we came in, we did not pay the counterpart funds to start our rail line.

“Today, you enjoy the comfort of having rail from Lagos to Ibadan. You have the Kaduna and the one for Kano State on the aggressive pipeline; you see excellent infrastructure. I just came from Azare, and I have seen good roads. The carnage of dying in vehicles is reducing except for the lack of compliance by many Nigerian drivers. Let us think back. Let us be intellectually inquisitive as to the past and the present and what the future holds for Nigeria,” he said.

The Jagaban of Borgu, however, added that during the visit to the State House, said he and the President also looked into general issues concerning Nigeria, the APC, security, the achievements recorded so far under the Buhari regime and the New Year agenda.

He also said they discussed direct primaries, the APC convention and reacted to those advising him to remain a kingmaker rather than gun for the throne.

“I have never seen the cap of a kingmaker before. That is the truth. And I’ve never seen where it is written in the rule book anywhere in any country that a kingmaker cannot be a king unless you commit murder.

“So, whatever you attribute is your own opinion. Me, I want to pursue my ambition without the title of a kingmaker. You can write your literature and your story based upon your own perception.”

On the electoral amendment bill which President Buhari recently withheld assent to, Tinubu said, “First of all, the National Assembly and the President must be encouraged to review and review again. Whatever they come up with as electoral amendment is what we must comply with.

“There is no unlimited elasticity in what we face because we have to plan and plan well and be able to manage time effectively. The great roadmap to success is the ability of a leader to do what he must do at the right time that it should be done.

“That to me is the electoral amendment point, we will still look at that collectively. And it is our country. It’s our democracy. We have adopted it, and we will push it rigorously.”


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