Fashola has asked Nigerians to wait for Tinubu to speak in January on whether or not he will run for the presidency in 2023.
According to report by Ejes Gist News, the Nigerian Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has urged Nigerians to wait until January 2022 for APC National Leader Bola Tinubu to announce whether he will run for president in 2023 or not.
This Nigerian online newspaper has learned that Fashola said this on Channels Television’s ‘Hard Copy’ programme.
Posters and billboards promoting Tinubu’s rumoured presidential bid have recently been seen in major cities such as Lagos and Abuja. Tinubu was the governor of Lagos from May 1999 to May 2007.
Despite the fact that Tinubu has yet to declare his intention to run for any office in 2023, there have been reports and hints that he may be interested in the exalted position.
The SouthWest Agenda 2023, a political movement aimed at rallying support for Tinubu’s presidential bid in 2023, was launched in Lagos in October by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other party leaders.
Tinubu, who turned 69 in March 2021 and has a sizable political following, has been rumoured to be eyeing a presidential run in 2023, even as political debates over a Southern President intensify following the eight-year administration of the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, who is from Katsina State in North-West Nigeria.
Apart from Tinubu, some groups and individuals have stated that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, and Fashola are all equally capable of becoming Nigeria’s President.
“It is a very tough responsibility, a very tough job; I don’t envy those who have held that office, and I don’t envy those who aspire to take it as well,” Fashola said when asked if he is interested in becoming President of Nigeria.
“As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s President,'” the minister said when asked if he was speaking for any aspirant in 2023. There are people who speak on behalf of others. Nobody has come forward yet; we aren’t there yet.
“I can’t go out on a limb and say I’ll speak for X or Y.” Allow the person to come forward and declare, “I want to serve Nigeria.”
“It hurts me every now and then when we see that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said.’ I believe the overall message should be, “I am capable, I have examined myself, give me your problem, and you go to sleep.”
“I saw him (Tinubu) last week, he didn’t tell me he is running for office, and to the best of my knowledge, the last statement he made on it is that people will know in January,” the two-term ex-governor of Lagos said when asked if he will support Tinubu’s rumoured 2023 presidential bid.
Fashola also stated that he has not asked Tinubu if he is interested in running for President in 2023. “I didn’t ask him; I just went to inquire about his well-being.” ‘I will speak in January, so let us wait until January,” he said in a statement.