FORMER, governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu and Presidential aspirant in the 2023 election under the All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged delegates to vote him as the party’s flag bearer, insisting he is the most qualified person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu made the call at the ongoing 2022 APC Special National Convention holding at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
“I have the experience; I led the transformation of Lagos from a dangerous, unwelcoming place in 1999 to a clean, safe and vibrant place and the sixth-largest economy in Africa today.
“I’m a unifying leader. I have constructed a formidable political structure, one that has delivered electoral victory after electoral victory. I do not put myself forward because I think this is a nomination; I step forward because I believe I can lead our party toward the brightest future.
“I have expertise. My record of corporate leadership, my financial expertise, and my experience as an executive governor of Lagos makes me unique among other aspirants.
“I cannot, on this day, talk of a brighter and prosperous future without declaring my determination to fight terrorism and insecurity to the very end. I mourn the lives already lost, vow to do everything possible to ensure justice and forever erase terror from our land,” Tinubu declared.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of Yemi Osinbajo’s campaign organisation Kabiru Gaya, told Channels television that three other aspirants, including former senate president Ken Nnamani, stepped down for his principal.
“We have vice president Osinbajo and Bola Tinubu. I am aware that some aspirants have stepped down for Osinbajo. Nnamani and two others have stepped down for Osinbajo,” Gaya disclosed.
However, Nnamani on Monday cited injustice against the Southeast region as the reason for his withdrawal from the presidential race.
“You will recall that on March 26, 2022, a new set of members of the National Working Committee of the APC were elected in an elective convention. In that election, there was a unity list which was endorsed by all the Governors of the party and other leaders of the party.
“The events of recent days created the impression that zoning had been jettisoned in the APC. The Vacillation of party leaders regarding zoning of the APC presidential ticket has not created clarity in the party and injures the faith of many in the south, particularly the southeast, in the party,” Nnamani lamented.