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…. Tinubu denies reports that he’s positioning himself to become president in 2023
….. Describing the reports as untrue, Tinubu said those who are spreading the rumour think they know his mind better than he does.
The former Governor of Lagos State said in order to show support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office, he decided to align with the president’s position on the leadership of the 9th assembly.
In a bid to show support for President Buhari’s second term in office, APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu said he aligns with president’s position on leadership of the National Assembly.
Recall that Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) recently endorsed Ahmed Lawan as Senate President and Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the house of representatives.
However, in a statement from his media office on Sunday, April 21, 2019, Tinubu said he has no ulterior motive for supporting Lawan and Gbajabiamila.
The party leader added, “In the end, the rumour-mongers should court greater discipline and wisdom. As Asiwaju recently said, there is no action a person can take that constitutes a political guarantee as to what may come four years from now.
“Moreover, that having allies in the National Assembly leadership positions will greatly enhance someone’s presidential ambitions is a spurious claim.
“In 2015, Senator Saraki finagled his way into the senate presidency. He planted himself at the apex of legislative power. But his actions as Senate President showed a man devoid of compassion for the average Nigerian. All he cared for was power and position. Soon he will be deprived of both.
“House Speaker Dogara has fared only slightly better. Occupying these positions is not a guarantee of future success. It is only a guarantee of present duty.
“Politics requires jockeying and maneuvering for influence to get the right people in the right positions. To be beneficial, politics must be tied to the greater purpose of governance such as with President Buhari’s goal to reform the national economy for the good of all Nigerians.
“In supporting the party and the President, Asiwaju has shown his commitment to achieving the President’s goals. Nothing more should be read into it.
The statement reads: We have monitored, with rising incredulity, the rash of news stories claiming Asiwaju Tinubu is manipulating the APC nomination process for the national assembly leadership.
The stories claim this supposed manipulation is the first salvo in Asiwaju’s effort to position himself for a presidential run during the 2023 election cycle. Not only are these reports utterly false, based as they are in the febrile imaginations of those persons by whom they are being peddled, they are injurious to President Buhari’s historic quest to reform Nigeria. It is for this latter reason that we find cause to speak out where otherwise we would have continued to watch on in silent amusement.
“The peddlers of these rumors 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.
“This attempt to caricature Asiwaju as if his words and actions are all aimed at grabbing power will fail because this portrait distorts the plain truth. While the headlines are sensational they are also senseless because they are not grounded in fact.
“The rumor-mongers should court greater discipline and wisdom. As Asiwaju recently said there is no action a person can take that constitutes a political guarantee as to what may come four years from now. Moreover, that having allies in the national assembly leadership positions will greatly enhance someone’s presidential ambitions is a spurious claim.”
Taking a swipe at Dr Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, Tinubu alleged that the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives delayed and hijacked the budget process in the past four years.
Tinubu accused Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara of hijacking budget process.
He added that the National Assembly needs people with a progressive mindset for optimal governance.
“As he enters his second term, President Buhari has stated that he will give the economy special priority. His goal is to defeat poverty and joblessness while spurring the type of growth and development that will make Nigeria’s a durable and flourishing economy. These goals are laudable and necessary to move Nigeria forward. However, the obstacles before us are vast and complex.
“Just look at the way Saraki, Dogara and their ilk hijacked the budget process these past four years. National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them,” he said.
“Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefitted the average person. After four years of their antics halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly.
“If we are truly committed to optimal governance, then we also must be equally committed to ensuring that the National Assembly leadership be competent and experienced as well as imbued with a progressive mindset and a desire to work in close cooperation with executive. This is all Asiwaju has hoped to achieve. There are no ulterior motives. Everything he has done is in concert with and in furtherance of the wishes of President Buhari and the party.”
The former governor however warned those peddling the rumour to be bold enough to oppose the president if they want rather than using his name to contend with the president,
APC National leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu warned people peddling rumour about him to face President Muhammadu Buhari if they are bold enough to oppose him.
“This is a democracy and people have the right to oppose whomever they wish to oppose. However, if these mongers oppose the president let them be of sufficient courage to plainly say so. They should not disparage Asiwaju as an indirect way to contend against the President.
“What everyone who cares about Nigeria should now do is rally around the president to give him all possible support in driving to reality his economic policies and objectives. This is how we progress as a nation.” He said.
In January, during the build-up to the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated APC Presidential Campaign Council and asked Tinubu, the co-chairman of the council to fully take charge of the campaign.