Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has revealed that the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, will address Nigerian in January 2022, whether or not he would run for the 2023 presidency.
Fashola stated this on Channels Television’s ‘Hard Copy’ programme aired on Friday night while reacting to Tinubu’s rumored 2023 presidential bid.
He said, “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.”
When quizzed if he had asked Tinubu whether he is interested in the 2023 Presidency or not, Fashola said, “No, I didn’t ask him, I just went to ask how was doing. He has issued a statement that, ‘I will speak in January, so let us wait till January.”
The minister also revealed that he is not interested in becoming the president of Nigeria, adding that nobody has come out to publicly declare their intention to contest for the office in 2023.
Fashola said, “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.”
“As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s President’. There are people speaking for people. Nobody has come out, we are not at that stage yet.
“I can’t venture out and say that I will speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria’.
“It pains me sometimes when we see that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said’. I think the whole sense of it should be that, ‘I am able, I have looked at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep’.”
Meanwhile, the convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari would not allow Bola Tinubu to succeed him in 2023.