Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 election, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that Nigerians should expect to see the manifestation of his great ability to think and perform.
Tinubu stated this shortly after he returned to the country Thursday from the United Kingdom.
While noting that his trip was very good and that he enjoyed his break, the former Lagos State governor said he is happy to be back to his fatherland, adding that now more than ever, he is ready to serve as Nigeria’s president.
“Nigerians should expect a very intelligent ability to think and perform.
“Nigerians should expect that the help they needed is here, the hope that is almost jittering is back and back actively.
“And we hold every effort to the country of patriotism, dedication, capacity and ability to do the job. Not negative thinking, not the fact that Nigeria has failed; this country is the greatest.
“If it is to rebuild, we are builders; if it is construction, we are constructors. If it is assurance, we give Nigerians the assurance that we definitely make a better country out of it all,” Tinubu asserted.
Recently, Tinubu’s trip to the UK became a thing of concern to many, there were speculations regarding the APC flagbearer’s health and his ability to campaign ahead of the election.
Some critics had said the APC stalwart might be considering to quit the race, while others feared the worst that he might have died.
However, the former lawmaker, in a post via his official Facebook page stated that he is truth to all the negative claims regarding his wellbeing, adding that he remains strong, healthy and is ready to serve Nigerians from day one when he gets into office as the nation’s president.
Reacting to the development, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), described Senator Kashim Shetima as a worthy choice of a running mate to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Mr Keyamo was of the opinion that Tinubu had made a great choice.
The minister who aired his view on Twitter, described Shettima as a “Quintessential banker and economist, suave gentleman and politician,” who is intellectually fertile and economically sound.
He further stated that that the former Borno governor is “inter-generationally mobile (he’s young, yet experienced), fiercely loyal, phenomenally complimentary to Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.
“Kashim Shettima is the perfect choice as VP,” Keyamo declared.
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In a chain of reactions to the announcement of Shettima as VP to Tinubu, Mr Ibrahim Masari, who initially was picked as vice presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has resigned.
In a communique on Sunday, Masari, a former National Welfare Secretary of the APC, stated that after much reflection and wider consultations, he is now going to step down.
“I realized that my decision will enable Asiwaju have more latitude to give more accommodation and inclusion that will position our party to win the coming elections, with the support of the people of Nigeria.
“In stepping down, I believe I can still serve our party and the country in several other capacities.
“I wish to confirm that I have submitted my withdrawal letter and affidavit to that effect as the Vice Presidential Candidate to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed TInubu in the coming elections,” Masari disclosed.
The APC chieftain thanked Asiwaju Tinubu for the trust vested in him, and promise that he and his family will remain steadfast in their support for the APC presidential flagbearer and the party.
Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu on Tuesday arrived in Kaduna to meet with Governor Nasir El-Rufai and commiserate with the state government and people of the state over the recent train attack by terrorists locally known as bandits.
Mr Tinubu, who was accompanied by former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima, announced the donation of N50 million to victims of the attack.
He was received by Governor El-Rufai and Senators Uba Sani and Suleiman Abdu-Kwari at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, the Kaduna State seat of power.
A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Bode George on Saturday said he will leave Nigeria if Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes President of Nigeria.
Mr George was speaking at a press briefing in Lagos.
“I am happy the President has signed the new electoral bill,” he said. “If by whatever chance he gets to the villa, I won’t be part of this country. And I am not joking. I can go to Ghana and be watching with binoculars from afar. You will see what will happen.
“This is Alpha-Beta in Lagos. He will create some Alter-Beta somewhere to carry your money. His wife will now be Senate President. His son will be Governor of Lagos. His daughter will be Iyaloja of Nigeria.
“What has he done to prove that he deserves to be honoured by anybody in this country?”
Mr Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, has declared his intention to run for President in 2023.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Monday publicly signalled his intention to run for President in 2023.
Tinubu made his intention known during a State House briefing in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Below is a condensed transcript of the briefing. The transcript has been slightly edited for clarity.
Q: Why are you here?
T: I came to see the President on general issues concerning Nigeria, including our political party, APC. Security issues, the achievement, and the New Year agenda. That’s all I can tell you. The new strategy that we must have party congresses and all that.
Q: President Buhari recently said he does not want to divulge his favorite for the APC 2023 presidential ticket. Have you informed him about your ambition?
T: I can answer that with a categorical yes. I’ve informed the President of my intention but I have not informed Nigerians yet. I’m still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. And I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people will I consult. You will soon hear, all you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr. President of my ambition, and you don’t expect more answers than that.
Q: What was his response?
T: That’s our business. He is a Democrat. He didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to attempt and pursue my ambition; it is a lifelong ambition. So, why do I expect him to say more than that? Why do you? You are running a democratic dispensation, and you must adopt the principles and the values, and the virtues of democracy. That’s it.
Q: We have seen a number of support groups, drumming up support for your ambition, that of Vice President Osinbajo and Governor of Kogi state too. What’s your perspective on this? How do you see a potential race between you and these other persons for the APC ticket?
T: I don’t want to discuss individuals now. I must discuss myself. I have the confidence, the vision, the capacity to rule, build on the foundation of Mr. President, and turn Nigeria better. I have done that with commitment and unyielding you know, in Lagos State. You’ve seen that experience and the capacity to turn things around and that is what we are doing. You know, the confusion, the drift of the past in PDP is being corrected. And you can’t take away from that. As we are today, go back to the data on how many barrels of oil were we producing when we first came in and what it is today. At the time we came in we did not pay the counterpart funds to start our rail line. Today you enjoy the comfort of having rail from Lagos to Ibadan, you have the Kaduna and you have the one for Kano State on the aggressive pipeline, you see excellent infrastructure. I just came from Azare and I have seen good roads, the carnage of dying on motor vehicles is reducing except you know, lack of compliance with a lot of Nigerian drivers and VIOs. Let us think back, let us be intellectually inquisitive as to the past and the present and what the future holds for Nigeria.
Q: Tinubu as Nigeria’s President, what do we hope to see?
T: You want my manifesto now? Not yet. Not yet.
Q: I would like you to speak on the direct primaries and the convention. And secondly, what would be your response to those that say, the cap of being a kingmaker fits you more than you throwing yourself into the ring, you should remain a kingmaker.
T: First of all, the National Assembly and the president must be encouraged to review and review again. Whatever they come up with electoral amendment is what we must comply with. There is no unlimited elasticity in what we face, because we have to plan and plan well, and be able to manage the time effectively. The great roadmap to success is the ability of a leader to do what he must do at the right time that it should be done. So that to me, the electoral amendment point we will still look at that collectively. And it is our country. It’s our democracy. We had adopted it and we will pursue it rigorously.
About the cap of kingmaker. I’ve never seen the cap of a kingmaker before. That is the truth. And I’ve never seen where it is written in the rule book anywhere in any country, that a kingmaker cannot be a king, unless you commit murder. So, whatever is your attribute is your own opinion. Me, I want to pursue my ambition without the title of a kingmaker. You can write your literature and your story based upon your own perception.
Q: What about the (APC) Convention?
T: It is certain that we are going to get it.
Q: When next month?
T: Oh, well. I’m not a spokesperson for the party. And the President is the leader of the party. So, expect convention, maybe if that’s added to your own anxiety, or the other party’s anxiety, it is good for us. We will get it and we will get it done properly.
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, said he will consult widely before making a decision on whether to run for the Presidency in 2023.
He made the remark after a closed-door meeting with leaders of the Northern Alliance Committee in Abuja.
“I am not going to turn them down,” he said of voices that have clamoured for his candidacy. “But I will still effectively and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly and tell Nigerians.
“But the President is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges he might face today. So, don’t muddle the political waters. Consult, make our program known to the people later. And the intention is clear. So you can keep guessing.”
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu on Saturday suggested that reducing the cost of governance is not a one-way street.
The former Lagos State Governor made the remark while speaking at the 11th Arewa House Annual Lecture in Kaduna state.
“Cost of governance is always a key factor in the socio-economic development of any nation,” Tinubu said.
“But it is also one side of that very important coin. We must not look at the cost alone, we must weigh the cost against the benefits derived therefrom.
“For example, one can pay a high cost on a productive enterprise but reap a higher benefit; such would be considered a good investment.
“However, one can pay a low cost but reap no benefit at all in the endeavour. We inherently say it is unproductive.
“Thus we must be careful in what we say and truly mean when we talk of cost of governance.”
Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong criticised the cost of governance in Nigeria, blaming the propensity of elected officials to employ an excess of aides.
“This high expenditure is attributed to the large number of cabinets maintained by these tiers of government, either to pacify political, religious and other interests, with their attendant high salaries, allowances, estacodes and the like,” Lalong said.
“Currently, at the national level, there are 28 ministries, 44 ministers and about 215 government department and agencies.
“In 2011, the presidential advisory committee led by General T.Y. Danjuma expressed concerns over the high cost of governance and advised that ‘government should begin the process of merging and reducing the federal ministries and other government agencies to help cut down on government’s unnecessary spending.'”
Meanwhile, Tinubu also shared his thoughts on how Nigeria can solve its unemployment problem.
“The development of any populous nation has always been dependent on the ability of government to allocate sufficient fund to projects and programs that create and encourage enduring growth and employment,” he said.
“We must reject that mode of thinking that assumes government expenditure is inherently unproductive as well as harmful to the overall economy.”
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with Governor Babagana Zulum and the people of Borno State over Saturday’s killing of over 40 farmers in Zabarmari community, Jere Local Government of the state by Boko Haram.
In a press statement released by Tinubu’s media office on Wednesday, the former Lagos State Governor described the killing as not only callous but also satanic.
“It is with utmost sorrow and distress that I commiserate with you on the dastardly and inhuman killing of dozens of farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, on Saturday 28th November 2020,” Tinubu said.
“The cold-blooded murder of these innocent citizens, toiling to eke out a living for themselves and their families and provide food security for our nation is not only callous but satanic.
“I recall your strident sacrifices to ensure that millions of displaced Borno residents are resettled in their ancestral homes and return to their various occupations. These efforts have not only helped in increasing agricultural output but have also given joy to the displaced.
“Your Excellency, this unfortunate incident despite your spirited efforts in complementing the efforts of the Federal security forces is a sad reminder that the war against these desperate and blood-thirsty insurgents will require more efforts to win.
“My hope and prayer is that Allah will give you the courage to continue to provide succour to your people even in the face of this rather depressing event.
“My condolences go to the families of the deceased and the entire Borno citizenry. My prayer is that Allah will give comfort them and bring quick recovery to the injured. May he also grant the deceased eternal rest.
“Once again, please accept my heartfelt condolences.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders today (Wednesday) visited former military heads of state, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abudulsami Abubakar in Minna, the Niger state capital.
The National chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, who spoke to journalists after the closed door meetings with the former leaders, said they were in Minna to share in the wisdom of the elders on the way forward for the country.
After closed door sessions with the former leaders, Akande maintained that the decision to join the party rests solely on them. Other party leaders that were present during the visit include former Lagos state governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former speaker of the House of Representatives, Bello Masari and former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari.