By Our Correspondent
A public affairs analyst, Ayodele Akinsola, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is endowed with the gift of assembling smart people who can deliver good governance.
Akinsola, who is also a veteran journalist, said the APC presidential candidate in the 2023 poll “does not allow people’s talents or gifts to be wasted”.
Doubling as the Managing Editor of Persecondnews, a transnational online newspaper headquartered in the U.S., the veteran journalist said this while speaking as a guest on the programme, “Agenda 2023: Roadmap to 2023 general elections”, on Ogun television (OGTV).
On the recent call from Tinubu, asking the flagbearer to the People’s Democratic People (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to step down and endorse him as the next president of Nigeria, Akinsola noted that both Atiku and Tinubu are “political allies”, pointing out that Tinubu was just throwing banters.
Tinubu had in Kaduna last week asked his political rival, Atiku, to step down and endorse him ahead of the February 2023 presidential poll, claiming he had supported him (Atiku) in the past to contest for president.
“It’s a pay-back time,” Tinubu had said during his meeting with leaders from the Northern part of the country under the umbrella of the Arewa Joint Committee.
The APC flagbearer asked Atiku to reciprocate the “gesture” he gave to him when he contested for the presidency in 2007 under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) by dropping his ambition and endorsing him (Tinubu).
“He was just throwing banters. Party supporters need to know that these people are political allies, they are friends.
“Atiku and Tinubu have been political allies, they have been members of the same political family at some point.
“It’s now that we are transiting to elections in 2023 and it becomes imperative for both of them to contest the election under different platforms; they are friends,” Akinsola said.
Commenting further on Tinubu’s “sense of entitlement” that it is his turn to be the president, the public affairs analyst said: “In Nigeria, nobody will give it to you on a platter of gold if you don’t go out there to fight for it; and in fighting for it you have to be assertive.
“I think what Bola Tinubu has done is to set the tone for the presidential race so that between the two players; it would be like ‘look; I have been in the background; I have been sponsoring people; I have been grooming people to assume political power and positions in the country.
“In all of this, I would give it to Bola Tinubu because I believe that he has this strategy; he has the gift of assembling brains, people who can deliver, people who can make things happen.
“He is also somebody who does not allow people’s talents or gifts to be wasted.”
On the possibility of APC and PDP dividing votes from the North in the 2023 presidential elections, Akinsola was assertive that Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar would divide the North.
“Don’t forget Bola Tinubu is not a stranger to the North, he has always been interfacing with them, engaging them and just like the late MKO Abiola made an inroad to the North.
“I believe Tinubu has made a successful inroad to the North, he has successfully built political bridges across the Northern parts of the country,” he said.
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