Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu has indicated that he will not turn down calls from supporters to seek the presidency in 2023. Tinubu made this known to reporters shortly after meeting with leaders of the Northern Alliance Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.
“I will still effectively and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly to tell Nigerians,” Tinubu added.
“But the president is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges that he might face today. So, don’t muddle the political water. Consult, make our programme known to the people later.”
In October, the Southwest Agenda 2023, or SWAGA’23, was launched in Lagos to advocate and actualize Tinubu’s candidacy for the presidency in 2023. Tinubu’s statements have now ended months of social media speculation about the politician’s desire for the nation’s highest political office.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who spoke at the event said Tinubu’s extraordinary qualities set him apart from his contemporaries in the Nigerian political scene.
Sanwo-Olu said SWAGA is a movement that represents the philosophy of Tinubu, and that the group’s agenda would be brought to a logical end, which is for Tinubu to emerge as Nigeria’s president in 2023,
Former Minister of Works Adeseye Ogunlewe and other socio-political leaders in the South-West also described Tinubu as the appropriate person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Arewa Youth Alliance have also shown support for Tinubu’s ambition, the northern group had in a statement in October through its coordinator Bello Lawal, described Tinubu as the best presidential candidate in 2023.
Lawal called on all political parties in the country to adopt Tinubu as the candidate for Nigeria in 2023.