Former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has appealed to the Senate caucus of the All Progressives Congress, APC to support him for the nomination of his “lifetime ambition of becoming the president of the Federal Republic.”
Tinubu, who met with members of the caucus at the Senate wing of the National Assembly on Wednesday, said he wanted to step into the shoes of President Muhammadu Buhari and not on his toes, pointing out that he has the capacity, ability and experience to lead Nigeria come 2023 going by his pedigree and passion for a genuinely developed united nation.
He said: “I am here for counsel, partnership and support. I seek your advice and counsel as stakeholders in this democratic journey.
“This is not about gaining power. It is about securing good government for the nation.
“The process is starting in few weeks time. Back me successfully for the nomination of my life time ambition.”
Tinubu, who is the APC national leader, said among all the people in the race for the Presidency, come 2023, he is the most prepared, being a former senator and governor.
“This is the time to deliver Nigeria of our tomorrow today,” the presidential aspirant declared.
In his response, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, said the caucus appreciated enormous contributions which Tinubu made in the formation and sustenance of APC as the ruling party in Nigeria since 2015.
Lawan assured Tinubu that the APC senators would continue to remain united to ensure the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He also explained that external factors were mainly responsible for the social and economic challenges the country has been facing since the APC took over power in 2015.
The Senate President lamented the faceoff between the executive arm of government and the nation’s legislature between 2015 and 2019.
He said: “From 2019 till date, we have achieved so much because we are focused and united.
“Everybody looks up to the APC to save this country come 2023 and we have people who can make this happen within the party.
“President Buhari has provided good leadership which we should leverage upon in 2023. That is why we have to remain committed as party members.
“2023 will be a year of the APC, that is why we must all work hard to make this happen.”
He pointedly praised the courage of Tinubu in his endeavour, saying “we wish you well in your enterprise and we are with you in the course of making APC to survive as a party ” .
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