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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum and elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has disclosed that he would support the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s presidential bid.
Tinubu had on Wednesday visited the elder statesman at his Abuja residence.
Yakasai told newsmen that the ex-governor of Lagos was at his Abuja residence recently to plead for his support for his (Tinubu’s) presidential ambition in the next general elections.
Ahough Tinubu has yet to declare his intention to contest any office in 2023, there have been reports and veiled indications that he might be interested in the exalted seat.
Africa Today News, New York recalls that Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had in October inaugurated the South-West Agenda 2023, a political movement mobilising support for Tinubu to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu, who celebrated his 69th birthday in March 2021 and commands an arguably large following of political loyalists, has been reported to nurse presidential ambition in 2023, even as political debates get intense for a southern president after the eight-year regime of the incumbent, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who is from Katsina State, North-West Nigeria.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the 96-year-old Yakasai said he had earmarked two politicians to support for Presidency in 2023.
He, however, said he has no intention to join politics but he has the constitutional right to back any candidate of his choice.
Asked whether he planned to join the ruling party after Tinubu’s visit, Yakassai said, ‘I don’t want to join any (political) party but I can support a candidate of my choice. I have said it way back in 1951 that I will not be a party member but I will support a candidate of my choice.’
On the APC leader’s visit, the elder statesman said, ‘He (Tinubu) just came to visit me but actually I have two of them (presidential aspirants) that I have earmarked right from the beginning and I made a vow that any one of them who came to ask for my support first is the person I would support. Tinubu is the first person.’
When asked whether Tinubu told him he would be contesting for President in 2021, Yakasai said, ‘He (Tinubu) did and he asked for my support.’
Yakasai, however, said he didn’t disclose to Tinubu, during the visit, that he would support his ambition.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK