- Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would soon address Nigerians over his rumored presidential ambition
- Fashola noted that his predecessor as Governor of Lagos State would tell Nigerians in January 2022 whether or not he would run for president in 2023.
- The minister said that although he recently met the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he did not tell him he was going to challenge
FCT, Abuja – As calls for All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to run for the country’s most prestigious seat intensify, Public Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola has sent a powerful message to Nigerians.
Fashola urged Nigerians to wait until January 2022 for the former governor of Lagos state to declare whether or not he will run for president in 2023.
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Legit.ng learned that the Minister had said it during the program “Hard Copy” of Channels Television broadcast on the night of Friday 19 November.
While Tinubu has yet to declare his intention to challenge a post in 2023, there have been reports and veiled indications that he may be interested in the exalted seat.
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The Southwest Agenda 2023, a political movement mobilizing Tinubu’s support to challenge the 2023 presidential election, was inaugurated in Lagos in October by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and d ‘other party leaders.
It was reported that some groups and people also said outside of Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi; and Fashola are also capable of being the President of Nigeria.
When asked if he was interested in becoming President of Nigeria, Fashola said: âIt is a very difficult responsibility, a very difficult job; I do not envy those who have held this position, nor do I envy those who aspire to occupy it.
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When asked if he was speaking on behalf of a candidate in 2023, the minister replied: âAs far as I know, no one said, ‘I want to be the president of Nigeria. There are people who speak for people. Nobody came out, we are not at this stage yet.
âI can go out there and say I’ll speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria.
âIt pains me sometimes when we see this very important work and responsibility: ‘My people said’. I think all the sense should be that I am capable, I look at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep â.
Questioning whether he would support Tinubu’s candidacy for the 2023 presidential election, the ex-governor of Lagos said: “I saw him last week, he didn’t tell me he was a candidate and to my knowledge the last statement he made on this is that people will find out in January.”
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Fashola also said he didn’t ask Tinubu whether or not he was interested in the 2023 president.
The minister said:
âNo, I didn’t ask him, I just went to ask him how it was. He issued a statement that “I will speak in January, so let’s wait until January”.
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During this time, Legit.ng previously reported that a pro-Tinubu group, Youths Earnestly Ask for Tinubu (YEAT), had supported a former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a potential presidential candidate in 2023.
YEAT National President Nimjul Nansak Pennap, who spoke with reporters in Jos, the capital of Plateau state, on Thursday, November 18, was reported to say the group will campaign across the Nigeria to support Tinubu to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He said Tinubu has what it takes to support President Buhari’s progress in tackling insecurity, corruption and improving the lives of the average Nigerian.