I Am Not Plotting To Replace President Buhari In 2023-Tinubu

By Abimbola Ogunnaike

The National leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) and former Lagos State Governor,Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has insisted that he was not plotting to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Tinubu was reacting to speculations concerning his 2023 Presidential ambition.

It would be recalled that few days ago at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting , President Buhari dissolved the APC National Working Committee(NWC). 

The decision of the APC NEC is believed to be an attempt to whittle down the former National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole and Tinubu’s influence.

It was gathered that a majority of the dissolved NWC are believed to be loyal to Oshiomhole and Tinubu.

However,Tinubu in a statement he issued on Saturday said he is more worried about the health and economic challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic and has not taken a decision to run in 2023.

To those speaking on the end to his ‘2023 ambition’, Tinubu said “To those who have been actively bleating about how Buhari’s actions and the NEC meeting have ended my purported 2023 ambitions, I seek your pity.

“I am but a mere mortal who does not enjoy the length of foresight or political wisdom you profess to have. Already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born,” he said in the statement

According to him, due to COVID-19 and its economic effect on Nigeria “he cannot see as far into the distance as those predicting his 2023 Presidential ambition.

 “I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough.

“I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023 this period because I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face.

“What I may or may not do in three years hence seems too remote given present exigencies.

“Those who seek to cast themselves as political Nostradamus are free to so engage their energies. I trust the discerning public will give the views of such eager seers the scant weight such divinations warrant. 2023 will answer its own questions in due time.”

To those predicting his downfall, Tinubu said he would continue to work for the better of the nation but noted that politics is an ‘uncertain venture’

Politics is but a vehicle to arrive at governance. Good politics promotes good governance.

“Yet, politics is also an uncertain venture. No one gets all they want all the time. In even a tightly-woven family, differences and competing interests must be balanced and accommodated,” Tinubu said in the statement.


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