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Tinubu clears air on 2023 presidential ambition, keeps decision open

By NewsDesk

The National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that he was yet to give a thought on the 2023 presidential election and that Nigerians would determine who becomes their leader when it is necessary.

Tinubu said that rather than engage himself with 2023 presidential election thoughts, much energy would be concentrated on working with President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country challenges especially strategies that would assist Nigeria during post COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday, the Lagos State former Governor added that concentration would also be given to how APC would win forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo states without any hitches from opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The APC national leader argued that the thought that 2023 presidential election was responsible for face-off experienced within the party and that he had preoccupied himself with his 2023 presidential ambition.

“Personally, I find greater merit trying to help in the present by offering policy ideas, both privately and publicly, where I think they might help. I will continue in this same mode for the immediate future. 2023 will answer its own questions in due time.

“During this period, I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023. I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face. I have devoted these last few months to thinking of policies that may help the nation in the here and now. What I may or may not do 3 years hence seems too remote given present exigencies”, he added

On the crisis that rocked APC, the national leader stated “I must be blunt here. This is the behaviour of a fight club not the culture of a progressive political party. Some members went against their chairman in a bid to forcefully oust him. In hindsight, his fence-mending attempts were perhaps too little too late. I believed and continue to believe that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole tried his best.

“Mistakes were made and he must own them. Yet, we must remember also that he was an able and enthusiastic campaigner during the 2019 election. He is a man of considerable ability as are the rest of you who constituted the NWC.

“When this matter first came to a boil a few months ago, I issued a statement against this litigious tendency. President Buhari and former interim chairman Akande published strong words against this misuse of the courts as being contrary to the spirit of the party and the letter of its constitution.

“Each of us knew nothing good would come of such conduct. Instead of listening to this counsel, party members increased their trips to the courts. While busy providing ample livelihood for a gaggle of lawyers, these actions cast the good of the party to the wind”.

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