2023: Fashola Finally Breaks Silence on Tinubu, Reveals When APC Leader Will Declare Presidential Ambition
- Babatunde Fashola, the minister of works and housing, has said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would soon address Nigerians on his rumoured presidential ambition
- Fashola noted that his predecessor as Lagos state governor would tell Nigerians in January 2022, whether or not he would run for president in 2023
- The minister stated that though he met the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) recently, he did not tell him he is going to contest
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FCT, Abuja - As calls for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to vie for the most exalted seat in the country intensified, the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has sent a powerful message to Nigerians.
Fashola urged Nigerians to wait till January 2022 for the former governor of Lagos state to declare whether he would be running for president in 2023 or not.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister stated this on Channels Television’s ‘Hard Copy’ programme aired on the night of Friday, November 19.
Although Tinubu has yet to declare his intention to contest any office in 2023, there have been reports and veiled indications that he might be interested in the exalted seat.
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The SouthWest Agenda 2023, a political movement mobilising support for Tinubu to contest the 2023 presidential election, was inaugurated in Lagos in October by Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other party chieftains.
It was reported that some groups and persons have also said aside from Tinubu, vice-president Yemi Osinbajo; Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi; and Fashola are equally capable to be Nigeria’s president.
When asked whether he is interested in becoming the president of Nigeria, Fashola said, “It is a very tough responsibility, a very tough job; I don’t envy those who have held that office and I don’t envy those who aspire to take it as well.”
Asked whether he is speaking for any aspirant come 2023, the minister said, “As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s president. There are people speaking for people. Nobody has come out, we are not at that stage yet.
“I can venture out and say that I will speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria.
“It pains me sometimes when we see that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said’. I think the whole sense of it should be that I am able, I have look at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep’.”
Speaking on whether he would support Tinubu’s rumoured 2023 presidential bid, the two-term ex-governor of Lagos said, “I saw him last week, he didn’t tell me he is running for office and to the best of my knowledge the last statement he made on it is that people will know in January.”
Fashola also said he has not asked Tinubu whether he is interested in the 2023 president or not.
The minister stated:
“No, I didn’t ask him, I just went to ask how was doing. He has issued a statement that ‘I will speak in January, so let us wait till January."
Why Tinubu must run for president in 2023
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a pro-Tinubu group, Youths Earnestly Ask for Tinubu (YEAT), threw its weight behind a former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a potential candidate for president in 2023.
It was reported that YEAT national president, Nimjul Nansak Pennap, who spoke to reporters in Jos, the Plateau state capital on Thursday, November 18, said that the group will campaign across Nigeria to drum support for Tinubu to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He said that Tinubu has what it takes to sustain the strides of President Buhari in tackling insecurity, corruption and making life better for the average Nigerian.