The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, After months of speculation formally declared his intention to run for the country’s top office in 2023, confirming The Guardian’s exclusive report that he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of his ambition.
He told journalists this following a closed-door meeting with President Buhari on Monday in Abuja. Tinubu told reporters at the State House that it has been his lifelong dream to rule the country one day.
“I have informed the President of my ambition but I have not informed Nigerians yet, I am still consulting. There’s nowhere in the world where a kingmaker cannot himself be king.
“About the cap of a kingmaker. I’ve never seen the cap of a kingmaker before. That is the truth. And I have never seen where it is written in the rulebook anywhere in any country that a kingmaker cannot be a king unless he has committed murder. So, whatever you write is your own opinion. Me, I want to pursue my ambition without the title of a kingmaker,” he said.
The former Lagos State governor stated that he intends to pursue his dream through the platform of the current APC, saying that he has the capacity to lead Nigeria based on his work in Lagos as governor.
“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,” he said.
Tinubu dismissed the possibility of a contest for the APC ticket between him and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, whose supporters have begun mobilizing for his candidacy. In response to Osinbajo’s apparent aspirations, the APC national leader stated that he would not be pulled into any conversation about any individual.