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2023 Presidency: Nigerians Will Know If Tinubu Is Running By January – Fashola

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2023 Presidency: Nigerians Will Know If Tinubu Is Running By January – Fashola

2023 Presidency: Nigerians Will Know If Tinubu Is Running By January – Fashola
November 21
07:59 2021

Will All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, join the 2023 presidential race as being speculated?

Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, says the answer will come in January when Tinubu is expected to confirm his interest.

Fashola who succeeded Tinubu as Lagos State governor in 2007 spoke on Channels Television programme ‘Hard Copy’ Friday night.

Tinubu himself yesterday met with former governor of Abia State,Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu in Abuja. –

”I saw him last week; he didn’t tell me he was running for office and to the best of my knowledge, the last statement he made about it was that people would know in January,” Fashola said. The Minister said he  did not ask Tinubu during their meeting.

“I only went to see how well he was doing,” he said, adding: “He has issued a statement that ‘I will speak in January’, so let’s wait for his speech.”

Asked if he was speaking for any presidential aspirant, Fashola responded in the negative,saying: “As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s President’. There are people speaking for people. Nobody has come out; we are not at that stage yet.

“I can’t venture out and say that I will speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria’.

“It pains me sometimes when we seed that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said’. I think the whole sense of it should be that I am able, I have looked at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep’.”

Tinubu visits Orji Kalu in Abuja
Tinubu himself yesterday visited the Senate Chief Whip, Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu, in Abuja.

The APC leader arrived Kalu’s residence at  4.25pm and the two men immediately launched into a closed door discussion, according to Kalu’s aide, Kenneth Cole, who gave no details.

But the former Abia State governor ,writing on his verified Facebook page said:”My brother, longtime friend and fellow political associate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu early this afternoon paid us a cordial visit at my Abuja residence. We spent more than four hours discussing the security, unity and progress of the country. We also used the opportunity to reflect on other issues of national importance. God bless Nigeria.”

Kalu is also said to be nursing presidential ambition.

‘Why Tinubu’s 2023 presidency will benefit  Nigerians’
The Chairman of the  inauguration of the steering committee of a pro-Tinubu support group, the Edo Volunteers for Tinubu 2023, and Media Roundtable, Rasaq Bello-Osagie, said yesterday that a Tinubu presidency would  benefit all  Nigerians, in view of his political sagacity, wealth of experience, commitment to development and his network, as a detribalised Nigerian.

Bello-Osagie, a former member of the  House of Representatives from Oredo,said at the  inauguration of  the ten-member steering committee of the group that Tinubu was doing well as  national leader of the APC, thereby ensuring stability and progress in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The frontline politician (Bello-Osagie), described the national leader of  the APC as a political colossus, man of integrity, and a visionary leader, who would usher in a new agenda for Nigeria.

The Convener of the group Ms. Adetutu Owolabi, said the current situation in the country has  ”imposed on us all the need to ensure that Nigeria’s next leader must be one with a proven ability to heal the divides and foster an environment of peaceful resolution of disputes, marked by a true sense of belonging, inclusive growth, and the rebuilding of national pride and identity.

“I have no doubt in my mind, as I am sure most Nigerians too, that the person with these qualities, both to increase Nigeria’s global status at this time of global reshuffle and unite the country behind a growth agenda, is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“He (Tinubu) has demonstrated these time and again, right from his tenure as the Governor of Lagos State, when he transformed the city-state into an economic powerhouse in Africa, to his rise in politics, premised on a diverse and powerful coalition of allies and followers in all regions and states of the country.”

The guest lecturer, Dr. Oyakhiromhe Bamidele  Agbadua, in his paper, titled: “2023: Nigeria on Your Marks Again,” said  the presidential cap eminently fits Tinubu.

He said: “The current resentment, loss of confidence in the leadership and apathy that pervade the country combine to make it so that the person to be elected as the president in 2023 should not be a political neophyte. Asiwaju Tinubu is a veteran in politics.

“The ability to relate with the various demographics is another important quality, particularly to secure public confidence and trust. In fact, this appears to be about the most important quality of Chief Tinubu. The women, men, youths and the elderly all love the Jagaban. The Nigeria population is largely dominated by the youths and the Jagaban, being a visionary leader, understands the roles of youths in the emerging political development. No politician currently has the level of cult following in Nigeria like Asiwaju Tinubu.”

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