- Tinubu said he has no political ambition for 2023.
- Lambastes rumour mongers saying attempt to caricature him as if his words and actions are all aimed at grabbing power will fail.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu says he has no secret motive in supporting Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila to be the next Senate President and House Speaker, respectively.
Tinubu in a statement by his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, denied supporting both men in their quest to lead the incoming National Assembly with a view to positioning himself to become the potential presidential candidate of the APC, in 2023.
The former Lagos Governor stated that not only are the reports were utterly false, but they are also in the febrile imaginations of those persons by whom they are being peddled.
While also noting that these kinds of reports are injurious to President Buhari’s historic quest to reform Nigeria, Tinubu said instead of covering the President Next Level agenda which he described as ‘exciting’ and what it promises in terms of economic and social growth and development, these people want to skip ahead to the next election as if they can cast aside the next four years.
“Nigeria has barely emerged from President Buhari and the APC’s resounding victory in the last election. The President, with the support of an APC majority in both chambers of our National Assembly, is now preparing to lead the nation forward for the next four years.
“However, the Nigerian people do not elect politicians to office simply to watch on as they manoeuvre and jostle for position at the next election. The people elect those who they believe will be the best public servants, committed to the national wellbeing. This is why they reelected in President Buhari while rejecting the horde of political jobbers that constitute the PDP.
“The peddlers of these rumours have arrogated to themselves the preternatural ability to read Asiwaju’s mind more than he himself can know it. They also seem to have acquired the unique gift of bending time so that 2023 appears before we even reach the midway point of 2019. If these people would only enlist their uncanny talents in the service of the nation instead of in the service of political intrigue and gossip mongering our country would be much the better.”
He pointed that the attempt to caricature him as if his words and actions are all aimed at grabbing power will fail.
“This portrait distorts the plain truth. While the headlines are sensational they are also senseless because they are not grounded in fact. Asiwaju has not run for elected office since 2003. He last held office in 2007. He has never vied to become chairman of the APC nor has he tried to insinuate himself into any major government office,” he added.