National leader of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu has declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election.
He disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
According to him, he has informed the president about his ambition saying it has been a lifelong dream.
He said “I answer that with 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 will I 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.
Asked what was the president’s response, he said “That’s our business. He is a Democrat. He didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to attempt and pursue my ambition, 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 the virtues of democracy. That’s it.
Asked on other contestants on the platform of the APC, Tinubu said he has the confidence, vision, capacity to rule, build on the foundation of President Buhari and turn Nigeria better.
According to him” 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 l that with commitment and unyielding you know, 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, the drift of the past in PDP is 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. We cannot 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 you have 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 on motor vehicles is reducing except you know, lack of compliance with a lot of Nigerian drivers and VIOs. Let us think back, let us be intellectually inquisitive as to the past and the present and what the future holds for Nigeria.
The former Lagos state governor also dismissed insinuations that a kingmaker cannot be king.
He stated “about the cap of kingmaker, I’ve 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 is your 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 perception.
On direct and indirect primary impasse, he said “first of all, the National Assembly and the president must be encouraged to review and review again. Whatever they come up with 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 the 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. So that to me, the electoral amendment point we will still look at that collectively. And it is our country. It’s our democracy. We had adopted it and we will push it rigorously.
At the APC convention, he said “
Oh, well. I’m not a spokesperson for the party. And the President is the leader of the party. So, expect convention, maybe if that’s added to your anxiety, or the other party’s anxiety is good for us. We get it and we’ll get it done properly.
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah