The national leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has spoken about his 2023 presidential ambition.
It would be recalled that the South-West political heavyweight worked relentlessly for the victory of Presidential Muhammadu Buhari in the just concluded 2019 polls.
Some political observers said his hard work is preparatory to his 2023 presidential ambition. It was also alleged that the APC leader was supporting a Northerner for the position of the Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the Lower Legislative Chamber for his presidential ambition to have a smooth acceptance come 2023.
The APC national leader described it as “senseless” rumour.
Senator Ahmad Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila are the anointed candidate of the national leadership of the APC.
Specifically, Gbajabiamila has been described as the political godson of Tinubu by some analyst citing their closeness as a point.
But Tinubu in a statement from his media office on Sunday, said that his support for Lawan and Gbajabiamila was aimed at helping President Buhari succeed in the “shared vision of a flourishing economy and a prosperous people,” in his second term.
“We have monitored, with rising incredulity, the rash of news stories claiming Asiwaju Tinubu is manipulating the APC nomination process for the national assembly leadership,” the statement read.
“The stories claim this supposed manipulation is the first salvo in Asiwaju’s effort to position himself for a presidential run during the 2023 election cycle.
Not only are these reports utterly false, based as they are in the febrile imaginations of those persons by whom they are being peddled, they are injurious to President Buhari’s historic quest to reform Nigeria. It is for this latter reason that we find cause to speak out where otherwise we would have continued to watch on in silent amusement,” TheNews said.
“The peddlers of these rumors have arrogated to themselves the preternatural ability to read Asiwaju’s mind more than he himself can know it. They also seem to have acquired the unique gift of bending time so that 2023 appears before we even reach the midway point of 2019.
“If these people would only enlist their uncanny talents in the service of the nation instead of in the service of political intrigue and gossip mongering our country would be much the better.
“This attempt to caricature Asiwaju as if his words and actions are all aimed at grabbing power will fail because this portrait distorts the plain truth. While the headlines are sensational they are also senseless because they are not grounded in fact.
“The rumor-mongers should court greater discipline and wisdom. As Asiwaju recently said there is no action a person can take that constitutes a political guarantee as to what may come four years from now. Moreover, that having allies in the national assembly leadership positions will greatly enhance someone’s presidential ambitions is a spurious claim.”
Saraki and Dogara as enemies of Nigerians
Tinubu said that he was fully aware of how the outgoing Senate president Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara worked against some of the plans of the APC-led government that would have positively touched the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
“As he enters his second term, President Buhari has stated that he will give the economy special priority. His goal is to defeat poverty and joblessness while spurring the type of growth and development that will make Nigeria’s a durable and flourishing economy. These goals are laudable and necessary to move Nigeria forward. However, the obstacles before us are vast and complex.
“Just look at the way Saraki, Dogara and their ilk hijacked the budget process these past four years. National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them,”Tinubu was quoted by TheNews.
Tinubu popularly called Jagaban also revealed how the outgoing leadership of the National Assembly deliberately cut funds “intended to prosper projects that would have benefitted the average person. After four years of their antics halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly.
“If we are truly committed to optimal governance, then we also must be equally committed to ensuring that the National Assembly leadership be competent and experienced as well as imbued with a progressive mindset and a desire to work in close cooperation with executive.
I have no ulterior motives
According to the statement, Tinubu said his plans were for good governance and for Nigerians to fully enjoy dividends of democracy, “There are no ulterior motives. Everything he has done is in concert with and in furtherance of the wishes of President Buhari and the party.”
“Thus, those who cast aspersions at Asiwaju, in reality are bucking against the stated position of the President.”
The APC national leader, therefore, called on Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations to support President Buhari in his NextLevel agenda.