- Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu has insisted that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the right man to pilot the affairs' of Nigeria in 2023
- According to Uzor-Kalu, Tinubu has the wherewithal to leverage on the progressive platform established by President Buhari
- The former governor of Abia also dismissed rumours in some quarters about Tinubu's religious doctrines
FCT, Abuja - Former Abia state governor and Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, has described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as an asset Nigeria needs at the moment.
Kalu described Tinubu as a man who has the capacity and competence to pilot the affairs of Nigeria, leveraging on the already established progressive platform by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Kalu, who spoke at an interactive session with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in Abuja, on Wednesday, November 16 appealed to CAN leaders to disregard rumours of Tinubu's plan to Islamise Nigeria.
He further described Tinubu as a man of character and integrity that should be trusted by Nigerians to rescue the country from myriad of challenges working against its socio-economic growth and development.
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“This fear and anxiety is irrelevant. How can Tinubu Islamise Nigeria when he could not Islamise his wife and other family members? We are committed Christians. We should disregard that concerns and focus on things that would change the fortune of Nigeria.
“All these things people are saying about same-faith ticket in the forthcoming elections is just politics and interest. We would continue to drum support for our candidate because we strongly believe in him.
“We are committed Christians and can neither mislead members of our faith nor other Nigerians. Please let us stop this politics of hatred, religious and other divisive actions. Believe us, Nigeria needs Tinubu at this time.”
In his remarks, Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, said same-faith never determine the development of a state or community, making reference to England that has a Hindu as prime minister and a Muslim as Mayor of London, despite being a strong Christian nation.
“My state, Ebonyi, has grown and developed greatly under a Muslim President, Muhammadu Buhari, more than it has ever grew under a Christian president.
“It is God that determines the fate of men, and does what he wants at any time without permission from human. We believe in our presidential candidate, Tinubu.”
He insisted that APC presidential candidate, Tinubu, has the capacity to continue the good works of the president, being a business man.
2023 election provides an opportunity for youths to take over, says Nyanganji
In a related development, Gilbert Nyanganji, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate for Taraba Central senatorial district ahead of the 2023 general elections has said the forthcoming polls is an opportunity for Nigerian youths to take over governance in the country.
The SDP chieftain who is also an environmentalist and communications consultant, made the comment in an interview with Legit.ng on the sidelines of a political event in Abuja.
“The youths need to realize that the time is here. It's no longer working for the success of the older people who have for many years, held Nigeria to this point that we are.
“We want to say that they have done their best. Leadership and effectiveness comes with time.
“So, youths do not only need to come and support people to get into office, they need to take the mantle of leadership as well and go through the whole process. Youths should be paying key politics at the moment and not as supporters.”
2023: No presidential candidate better than Tinubu, says Ribadu
On his part, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has declared that no presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2023 general elections is better than Tinubu.
Ribadu, a former presidential candidate on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, made the comment on Thursday, November 10 during the inauguration of the APC's directorate of stakeholder relations.
The Adamawa-born politician said the job of galvanising support for APC has been made easy with the emergence of Tinubu as the party's standard bearer.
2023 elections: My opponents confused, lack direction, says Tinubu
Meanwhile, Tinubu has taken a jibe at his opponents in the forthcoming election, saying they are confused and lack direction.
The APC presidential candidate made the comment during a town hall meeting with mining and agro-processing stakeholders in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Thursday, November 10.
He said his opponents rather than articulating issue-based campaigns, are resorting to open attack on persons and personalities.