- Bashir Ahmad has picked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over ex-President Jonathan as his favourite to succeed President Buhari
- The presidential aide made his support for Tinubu known while responding to a question posed by a Twitter user
- Tinubu, the national leader of the APC and former Lagos governor, is one of those who want to succeed Buhari in 2023
The presidential aide said this in a tweet on Wednesday, February 23, when asked by a Twitter user to name his favourite politician to succeed Buhari between Tinubu and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Twitter user with the handle @slywhite0012 had asked:
"Bashir I want to ask you a question and same time with a honest reply without being bias. Btw Tinubu and GEJ who would you prefer to take over from your boss? you also want the best for us too."
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In his response, Ahmad picked Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos state governor.
Tinubu has announced his interest in the presidency and has been travelling around the country soliciting support from prominent political stakeholders and influential traditional rulers.
However, ex-President Jonathan has not announced interest in returning to the Aso Villa even though there are strong speculations that some stakeholders want him to succeed Buhari.
On Wednesday, the speculations reached a new height as #GEJisComing trends on Twitter.
Reactions trail Ahmad's response
Farouq Turaki, @turakifarouq, said:
"Is this an objective response or an ambition to continue to be relevant?"
Grains seller, @Mubarakkano1, said:
"The hardest question Bashir can’t answer now is btw Tinubu and Osinbajo. Who would him prefer."
AB Rahman, @ab_rahmanii, said:
"What answer was anyone expecting from you?"
Ibrahim™, @ibrahim__p, said:
"Should we take this as an official declaration of your support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition?"
Oluwo of Social Media, @Ogbeni__Skrtel, said:
"Okay Bashir, if the race is narrowed down to a straight contest between VP PYO and BAT, who would you root for?"
Former President Jonathan speaks on 2023 elections
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Jonathan predicted that there will be credible elections come 2023, adding that elections will come and go but Nigeria will still remain.
The former leader made this disclosure on Monday, February 21, during the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Council of the Wise (COW)'s two-day strategic retreat and planning workshop in Lagos.
He said it is normal that periods leading to election year are always characterised by tension, stressing that he remains optimistic that the period will come and go and the elections will be peaceful.