The National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu said he is in the 2023 presidential race “to renew hope and make the future great for our children.”
Tinubu Reveals Why He Wants To Be President In 2023
Speaking during a consultation with members of the Ekiti traditional council in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Thursday, the APC leader said he’s contesting the presidency to enthrone unity among Nigerians and bring serious change that will impact the lives of the people.
Tinubu said Nigeria needs ‘serious change” and a competent leader who can unite the people, tackle insecurity and bring about the desired socio-economic development.
He said the consultation with the traditional rulers in Ekiti was in furtherance of his 2023 presidential aspiration and to get the prayers and support of the royal fathers.
He said, “I’m contesting this race to renew the hope and make the future great for our children. For Nigeria to stand united and develop, we require patience and wisdom. We have to be united, that is the only way we can be great.
“We have struggled for democracy and today, we have democracy, but we are not stable yet. There is insecurity, hopelessness, lack of education and suffering in the land. By now, we should have a good farming system and opportunities to produce for other nations to buy.
“We are here to answer the call of our children by educating them the right way so that we can leave a Nigeria that is united, prosperous and abundant for them. We chose democracy and we must not fail in this task.
“That was why we formed the APC based on principles. I want to tell you that Nigeria needs serious change. I knew how Lagos was when I took over and we have never failed any election. There must be continuity in governance for progress to be attained.”
Speaking on Education, Tinubu said he was the first governor in Nigeria to start paying the WAEC fee of secondary school students and will continue if elected as President.
The APC leader said he was not new to contesting for the seat of the nation’s topmost position, saying he has been on the Nigeria project since the 70s.
He said, “I was with MKO Abiola in Social Democratic Party. I was a Senator before he came out. I was the youngest Senator of that era. I was about becoming Director of Finance of ExxonMobil, but I rejected it.
“I said I wanted to serve Nigeria. They gave me leave of absence to go and do politics for four years and come back, but I only spent two years as a senator when the military came and terminated our tenure. I had an option, which was to go back and enjoy at ExxonMobil, but I decided that I would fight for Nigeria.
“We believed that there must be democracy in Nigeria, there must be freedom and there must be opportunities. We joined hands with Professor Wole Soyinka, Chief Anthony Enahoro and others. Governor Kayode Fayemi was in the University of London then, brilliant and he joined the struggle. He worked so hard, in fact, he is an excellent man. So, looking at all these, we should all know that this democracy must not fail.
“We have to collaborate, unite and promote ourselves, instead of fighting. We all see what is happening in Ukraine today, we don’t need such experience here. We must elevate our technology and make use of available opportunities to develop Nigeria and that is what we are coming to do.”
In his remarks, the National Chairman of South-West Agenda 2023 (SWAGA), Senator Dayo Adeyeye, said Asiwaju has made great investment to the development of Ekiti in terms of human resources and that the traditional rulers must appreciate him.
Speaking on behalf of the council, Oba Adejumo, said the constitution permits every qualified Nigerian to aspire for any position, saying God will help him realize his ambition.
KanyiDaily recalls that Bola Tinubu recently replied those expressing concerns about his health challenges, insisting that he is psychologically fit to contest the presidency in 2023.
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