…meets Northern group behind closed doors in Abuja
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, gave a hint of his plans regarding his 2023 presidential ambition.
But he assured his supporters and other Nigerians that he would not turn down their clamour for him to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Tinubu, he plans to first embark on a wide consultation with the various interest groups in the different parts of the country before taking a decision on whether to join the presidential race or not.
The APC national leader spoke during a closed-door meeting with leaders of a group, Northern Alliance Committee in Abuja.
He, however, said that consultations with political stakeholders had begun.
Asked if he would reject Nigerians’ clamour that he should succeed Buhari, Tinubu said, “I am not going to turn them (Nigerians) down, but I will still effective and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly and tell Nigerians.”
He urged Nigerians to continue to support President Buhari and ensure that he’s distracted from tackling all the challenges now confronting the country.
“The president is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges that he might face today. So, we will consult and make our programmes known to the people later and the intention is clear. So, you keep guessing,” he said.
Endorsing Tinubu for the 2023 presidential election, leader of the Northern Alliance Committee, Ambassador Lawal Ahmed Munir, disclosed that the meeting resolved to work for the actualisation of the APC National Leader’s presidential ambition in 2023.
Munir, who added that NAC had fruitful discussions with Tinubu, said that the committee resolved to back him for the 2023 presidency because of his sterling political qualities.
“The meeting ended very well. We are working for him because we know he will win the election when the time comes,” he said.