- The minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said he is a serious politician who will not just jump into any political race
- Aregbesola said this in response to a question on whether he is interested in succeeding President Buhari in 2023
- The minister also addressed a question on the alleged scarcity of passport booklets at immigration centres across Nigeria
Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, says he belongs to a “group of focused and serious politicians” who will not just jump into the race for the 2023 presidency or any other political aspirations without proper consideration.
The Cable reported that Aregbesola stated this on Tuesday, May 25, at a virtual colloquium with the theme: “Africa: Interrogating the Leadership Questions”.
Legit.ng gathers that the minister was responding to a participant who asked if he has plans to contest for the seat of the presidency in 2023.
Addressing a question on the alleged scarcity of passport booklets at immigration centres, the interior minister said it is false to say that booklets are not available.
According to him, all Nigerian passport stations across the world have enough booklets.
In another related development, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has addressed speculations that he declared interest in the 2023 presidential race.
He said the rumour was not true in a statement sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, his spokesman on Monday, May 17.
According to Osinbajo's spokesman, the attention of the vice president's office has been drawn to a website:supportosinbajo.ng calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilising support ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
In other news, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state, Alhaji Muhammadu Murtala, has said that the party’s alleged decision to open its 2023 presidential ticket will not affect the presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling APC is one of the leading aspirants for the ruling party's presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 polls.
Murtala, a staunch supporter of Asiwaju Tinubu in the northwest region of the country, made the comment during a chat with the Daily Trust newspaper.