The National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Monday, said that he has formally informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to contest in the presidential election in 2023.
The revelation by the former Governor of Lagos State seems to have laid to rest the rumour over his bid to take a shot at the presidency in the next general election.
This was disclosed by Tinubu on Monday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
Tinubu, however, said that he was yet to notify Nigerians of his plans to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a monitored report from Channels, Bola Tinubu said the President is a democrat and therefore, has not asked him to stop the pursuit of his ambition which for him is life-long.
He maintained that he has the confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundation laid by President Buhari to turn around the fortunes of the country.
When asked by journalists on his feelings about being in the presidential race with his political ally, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is also rumoured to succeed Buhari, Tinubu declined to give a definite response, but rather said he would not speak about individuals.
He said that President Buhari’s administration has been correcting the failures of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through the provision of infrastructure such as rail lines and good roads which have impacted the frequency of fatal crashes and deaths and so on.
Tinubu also stressed on his lifelong ambition to become the president of Nigeria and assured that APC’s national convention would hold properly with the Buhari determining whether or not it will be conducted next month, as the leader of the party.
What you should know
Recall that there have been reports of posters and billboards in major cities across the country advertising the presidential bid of Tinubu, who was Lagos governor from May 1999 to May 2007.
Several political and interest groups have in recent times been mobilizing support for the rumoured presidential bid of Tinubu across different parts of the country.