- Friends and political allies of Bola Tinubu have commenced the presidential campaign for the former governor
- During an event held in Ibadan, SWAGA, a campaign movement for the APC national leader, was inaugurated
- Monarchs from the southwest including Alaafin of Oyo, former lawmakers and party chieftains graced the event
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been given the nods to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is as his staunch supporters and loyalists met in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Tuesday, December 15, to launch a presidential campaign movement tagged "The South-West Agenda (SWAGA)" for him.
Although he is yet to make an official declaration, Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and APC chieftain, is being rumoured to be eyeing the country's most respected stool should his party zone the presidency ticket to the south.
The SWAGA movement, led by former minister of works, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye (Ekiti) and former senator Adesoji Akabi (Oyo), paid a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, The Punch reports.
Speaking at the event, Adeyeye said:
"For the discerning mind, 2023 election is already on the front burner of national discourse. We are asking him (Tinubu) to come out and we are asking the entire people of the South-West to rally round him to make him the next president of Nigeria.
"Every geo-political zone in the South has the right to produce a candidate, but the one that work harder would emerge. Don’t forget, all the citizens of Nigeria will vote to choose the next president.”
Also speaking at the event, former lawmaker and lawyer, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, described Tinubu as a visionary leader and great democrat.
He added that if elected, the former governor will replicate his success in Lagos across the country.
“In Asiwaju, you have a very great democrat. How much of a visionary leader he is; those who knew Lagos before 1999 would recall for instance that at Oshodi, where there are three lanes, refuse covered two lanes. Today, Lagos is a source of pride to all Nigeria."
2023: Tinubu, Buhari to decide zoning - Shettima
Meanwhile, Kashim Shettima, former governor of Borno state, has stated that it is too early to discuss the 2023 presidency by the leaders of the APC.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state capital on Friday, December 4, during a two-day high-level mid-term retreat, the APC chieftain described as a total distraction the wrangling recently generated over zoning.
Shettima said when the time comes, leaders of APC including President Buhari and Bola Tinubu will decide where the new presidential candidate of the party would come from.
APC must honour zoning - Amaechi, Fashola
Speaking on Channels TV, Amaechi said the APC is built on the principles of zoning and should be accorded the deserved respect in picking its presidential candidates.
Amaechi's statement is coming barely three days Fashola advised the leadership of the APC to respect and honour the agreement reached at the formative stage of the party for zoning to take place.
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