I’ve no son old enough to be president, Tinubu reacts as Osinbajo declares
Tunde Joshua, Abuja
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu while reacting to the presidential declaration by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo said the latter is not his son politically.
When asked about his reaction to the declaration of his, ‘political son’, Tinubu was quick to reply that “I don’t have any son grown up enough to make such declaration.”
The former Lagos State governor was accosted by journalists at the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja after he met with APC governors.
The meeting was at the instance of the presidential aspirant who declared his intention to the governors and sought their support The Trumpet gathered.
Tinubu told the governors: “my mission here is to seek collaboration, support and encouragement of my party, the APC, for my ambition to become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a replacement for President Muhammadu Buhari after the end of his tenure.”
Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu explained Tinubu’s mission as that of consultation on his presidential ambition.
“Asiwaju, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, this morning, met members of the Progressive Governors Forum, where he stated what he has made known already his intention to seek the office of the President come 2023 which he has already announced publicly. He briefed us on his reasons, his thinking and his message.
“All the governors in attendance graciously came to listen to him. He acknowledged the role of the Governors in the last convention of our party, where, according to him, governors of the party steadied the party by helping in the evolution of the leadership that is accepted and widely acknowledged as that which we wish for our party.
“We appreciated him, his message, and will definitely discuss the message at one of our forum meetings.”
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Bagudu said the increase in the number of aspirants jostling for the APC presidential ticket is healthy for the party.
“We have many brilliant people in our party, some serving and some not serving. The fact that we have people in our party that express the desire to lead the party into the highest office in the electoral contest shows how much, this our party has resonated with Nigerians and our party members.
“For us, it is a hallmark of success that people are showing interest, but at the end of the day and because they are leaders of the party, they will always put the party’s interest at heart.
“We always encourage our party to go for the best. Don’t forget that in the 2015 presidential election primary, President Buhari contested against several others and it was a beautiful contest.
“There is nothing wrong. Members of the party always want to see consensus if it is possible, but we are a democratic party.
“In our last convention, we had consensus in some of the offices and election in some others. There is always misrepresentation of consensus as if people are being snowballed into positions they would rather not take,” he said
Governors present at the meeting include; Kebbi State Governor and Chairman of the PGF, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Abubakar Badaru, (Jigawa) Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, (Kano) Sanwo-Olu, (Lagos), Gboyega Oyetola, (Osun), Nazir El’Rufai, (Kaduna ), Mai Mala Buni. (Yobe)