Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is digging down on his credentials as a genuine aspirant who should be chosen as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, citing examples of his political accomplishments and seeming sagacity. ayokinews.com reports
“I’ve been doing this for a long time. Give me the position. It’s my turn,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu stated on Thursday, while speaking in Ogun state, that it was his turn to be Nigeria’s next president, citing his considerable experience rescuing people like ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the former chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
According to the former Lagos Governor, Mr. Abubakar, Mr. Ribadu, and a former senator, Ganiyu Solomon, were all rescued from repressive principals by him.
He reminded stakeholders in the Ogun APC that he still has the ability and capacity to lead a vast country like Nigeria. While many recognize his massive political and financial base, there are concerns about Tinubu’s health, an issue he has consistently denied.
“When Atiku’s party ganged up against him, and Obasanjo brutalised him, he ran to me for help. It was I who saved him. It is my turn now,” Tinubu told APC members in his local Yoruba dialect.
Tinubu further reminded the party members of his struggle of rescuing Ribadu when he was witch-hunted by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who demoted him from the EFCC Chairman to a deputy commissioner of police before expelling him from the force.
“When Nuhu Ribadu was chased with an axe (during Mr Yar’Adua’s administration), this is not a matter of axe. It’s a matter of wisdom,” Tinubu recounted.
Tinubu, who happens to be a political godfather by many elected officials, argued that it was his time to lead the country after President Muhammadu Buhari, whose eight-year term ends in 2023.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has insisted on the nomination of a consensus candidate for the party, a move Tinubu has long rejected.
The former Lagos governor is also said to have discovered that he will not be President Buhari’s preferred candidate, causing him to engage in an open brawl only days before the presidential primary.
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