By Edozie Obasi-Eze
The race for the Aso Rock Villa which would be vacated by incumbent President Muhammdu Buhari in May 2023 has started taking shape, with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Bola Tinubu, having met with and informed the former of his ambition.
Tinubu, after meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Monday, disclosed to State House Correspondents that his presidential ambition was the crux of their deliberations.
He maintained that the President’s disposition as a democrat was part of why he had not asked him to drop the pursuit of his life-long ambition of becoming Nigeria’s President.
Tinubu beamed optimism that he possessed the requisite confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundation laid by Buhari which would see him turn around the fortunes of the Nigeria.
Recall that a prominent member of Buhari’s cabinet, who also served as Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, had in 2021 affirmed that Tinubu would make his intention on his presidential ambition known in January 2022.
Some major Nigerian cities, including Lagos and Abuja had of late been flooded with posters and billboards on the presidential bid of Tinubu, who was Lagos governor from May 1999 to May 2007.
One of Tinubu’s foot soldiers, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had in October 2021 inaugurated the South-West Agenda 2023, a political movement dedicated to mobilising support for Tinubu to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu, who turned 69 in March 2021 is backed by a large army of political loyalists across Nigeria.