Former Lagos Governor and chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu on Sunday said he was ready to get dirty in order to fulfill his ambition to become the country’s next president.
The presidential aspirant, who spoke while on a courtesy visit to the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Olubadan-designate, Oba Lekan Balogun, said he cannot be intimidated by anyone to abandon his ambition to become president come 2023.
“No amount of intimidation can stop me. I am ready to get dirty. I am out to become President of Nigeria. We are at a crossroads,” Tinubu said.
“I have read about a Greek Philosopher that if you want to fight a pig, you must be ready to be smeared and I’m ready to be dirty,” he said.
“Each time a Yoruba wants to be president, issues are raised, questions are asked and all sorts of hang-up are encountered.
“We are at a crossroad, people are volunteering to confront me when they were asked that who would confront the Lion of Bourdilon,” he said.
Speaking earlier at the Alaafin’s palace, he said: “I cannot embark on a project of such magnitude without seeking for prayers and cooperation of the traditional rulers.
“I am here to inform our fathers of my decision to run for the position of the President of this country in 2023. What I need from our highly referred traditional rulers are their prayers and cooperation.
“Today, by the special grace of God in Yorubaland unlike before we have the Vice-President, the Minister of Works, Interior and Sports but we still need more.”
In his response, Oba Adeyemi, who invoked the spirits of his fore-bearers, said his request has been granted.
He said all the ancestors of Yorubaland would work in his favour and answer his prayers.
He, therefore, asked the 10 Oke-Ogun traditional rulers in attendance at the meeting whether they were in support of his decision, and their response was: “We are fully in support.”