Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that he will proclaim his presidential intention in the 2023 elections in January 2022.
This was revealed by Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, who stated that Mr Tinubu had yet to inform him of his presidential intention.
“I saw him last week; he didn’t tell me he’s running for office, and the last remark he made about it, to the best of my knowledge, was that people would know in January,” Mr Fashola said during a Channels Television interview.
“No, I didn’t ask him,” Mr Fasola said when asked if he questioned the party chieftain about the rumors. “I merely went to check how well he was doing.” “He has given a statement that “I will talk in January,” so let’s wait for his address,” the minister stated.
Mr Fashola went on to say that he couldn’t instantly proclaim support for any contender because he was waiting for an official announcement.
“As far as I’m aware, no one has declared, ‘I want to be President of Nigeria.'” There are those 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 individual to come out and say, “I want to serve Nigeria.”
“It hurts me sometimes when we see that extremely essential task and obligation to,” he said, “my folks said.” Mr Fashola stated, “I believe the whole point of it should be that I am capable, that I have to look at myself, that you give me your problem, and you go to sleep.”
While Mr. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, has yet to make an official announcement, there have been hints that he may run to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Billboards and advertisements promoting his election campaign have saturated Nigeria’s main cities, particularly Lagos and Abuja, in recent months.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, founded a political organisation for Mr Tinubu’s presidential campaign in 2023 last month.
The group, named SWAGA23, was inaugurated on October 7, in Ikeja, to kick-off campaign activities for the former Lagos governor.
“The SWAGA we are launching in Lagos today is a demonstration of Tinubu’s enduring political principles and strong vision,” Mr Sanwo-Olu partly said during the inauguration.