Afenifere Renewal Group on Sunday said it was time South-West politicians must unite and seek the support of other geo-political zones of the country in other to realise the 2023 presidential bid of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The ARG Publicity Secretary, Prince Michael Ogungbemi, made the appeal while speaking at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Lauding President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC Northern Governors’ Forum; the APC presidential aspirants who withdrew for Tinubu, and party members for making his emergence as candidate possible, Ogungbemi said, “It is now time for the South-West to display uncommon unity to complement the patriotic and progressive efforts of the APC members.”
Speaking further he said, “This is not the time to put up the toga of ego and sulk in the enmity of the past. We must chart a new course and work hard with the other five zones of the country for Asiwaju Tinubu to ascend the throne.
“The trajectory of election in Nigeria since 1999 clearly presents an unassailable narrative that no zone can singlehandedly produce Nigerian President without recourse to the sensibilities and cooperation of others.
“With this reality, we must jettison primordial sentiments and divisive comments and form a formidable coalition with the Igbos, Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri and other ethnic nationalities to galvanise support for Asiwaju Tinubu in the forthcoming election.
“We hereby, humbly task Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Chief Bisi Akande; the Chairman, South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu; Nigerian Governors’ Forum Chairman, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Ibikunke Amosun; Rauf Aregbesola and other bigwigs in the progressive fold to midwife sincere and genuine reconciliation among contending forces and unite for Tinubu.
“One thing is certain, failure is not an option for us in this election as the APC has done us a great deal of favour by voting for a worthy and enigmatic leader of the South-West progressive politics to take over after President Buhari.
“We must start putting our house in order and form a strong synergy with other zones to be able to deliver the presidency to Tinubu. This is actionable.
“Working hard to get the ticket makes other uphill tasks ahead of us easier. Without unity, particularly in the South-West, sabotage and other treacherous acts may surge and hinder the actualisation of this dream and that would be an unpardonable mistake that may haunt the region for many years ahead.
According to the ARG spokesman, with the strong political networks, structures and contacts that Tinubu has erected over the years and coupled with his cosmopolitan political stature, “the APC is set and more than ready to win the 2023 presidential poll.”