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Tinubu declares intention to run for president in 2023, informs President Buhari

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One of the top leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex-Governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu has declared his intention to seek the party ticket to run for the position of Nigerian president in 2023.

According to the two term governor of Lagos State, he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to succeed him as president after his tenure in May 2023.

Tinubu, who spoke with journalist after a meeting with Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, said the President is a democrat and therefore, has not asked him to stop the pursuit of his ambition which for him is life-long.

“I’ve informed the president of my intention but I have not informed Nigerians yet. I’m still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people I will consult,” he said.

“You will soon hear. All you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr. President of my ambition and you don’t expect more answers than that.”

When asked about what the president’s response was, the APC chieftain said Buhari didn’t ask him not to run.

“That is our business. He is a democrat. He didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to attempt to pursue my ambition; it’s a lifelong ambition.

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“So, why do I expect him to say more than that? You are running a democratic dispensation and you must adopt the principles and the values and virtues of democracy. That’s it,” told journalists at the state house

Speaking further on his ambition, Tinubu said with what he achieved in Lagos as governor, he has the capacity to rule Nigeria.

The former governor of Lagos State stressed that he has the confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundation laid by Buhari to turn around the fortunes of the country.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had in October 2021 inaugurated the South-West Agenda 2023, a political movement mobilising support for Tinubu to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu, who was 69 years old in March 2021 has dominated the politicl firmerment in the South West geopolitical region and was a major factor in the emergent of President Buhari in 2015, having merged his Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with the president’s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and factions of two other political parties.

Between July and October 2021, while Tinubu was in the United Kingdom for a knee surgery and physiotherapy, over 50 politicians, including the President, six governors, dozens of senators and House of Representatives members, visited him at his London home and turned the place to a Mecca of sort.

In October 2021, the Northern Caucus of House of Representatives, led by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, had also paid a get-well visit to the APC leader in London and declared support for Tinubu’s reported 2023 presidential ambition.

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