National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has denied claims that he’s planning to set a template that would see him become President after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.
The former Lagos State governor stated this on Sunday when he spoke on the theme, ‘Tinubu Focusing on the Issues of Today: “Tomorrow is the Master of Itself”, released on Sunday by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman, in Lagos.
He revealed that he’s completely contented with his present status at the moment and was only interested in cementing the party’s progressives achievements since taking over power in 2015 under Buhari.
“I have not run for elected office since 2003. I last held office in 2007. I have never vied to become chairman of the APC nor tried to insinuate myself into any major government office.
“ Since I left office, I have dedicated myself toward building a political party that would furnish a progressive alternative to the regressive policies of the PDP.
“Since the inception of the APC, my focus has been to assist President Buhari develop, refine and implement a progressive agenda that would give every Nigerians a fair chance to prosper and provide for their loved ones.
“As he enters his second term, President Buhari has stated that he will give the economy special priority.
“His goal is to defeat poverty and joblessness while spurring the type of growth and development that will make Nigeria a durable and flourishing economy. These goals are laudable and necessary to move Nigeria forward, “he said.
The ‘Jagarban’ of Lagos State also said that it was an insult to imagine that he’s manipulating process for nominating leadership of the National Assembly (NASS), describing the insinuations as injurious to Buhari.
“It is against this backdrop that my support of the party’s position regarding the National Assembly leadership must be interpreted.
“There is no surprise in my supporting the party and the president’s position regarding the National Assembly positions. Nor is it wrong that I do so.
“That I have actively and publicly supported the party and president should not result in such public backbiting.
“We all know how important these positions are to the fulfillment of the president’s agenda, ” he said.
“One needs only look to the last four years to see how painfully this lesson has been learned. With the Senate leadership usurped by regressive elitists that constituted a brake on progress and good governance.
“Just look at how outgoing Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and their like, highjacked the budget process these past four years.
” National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them.
” Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefitted the average person.
“After four years of their antics halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly, “he said.
“This is all I have hoped to achieve. There are no ulterior motives. Everything I have done is in concert with and in furtherance of the wishes of President Buhari and the party.
“What everyone who cares about Nigeria should now do is rally around the president to give him all possible support in driving to reality his economic policies and objectives.
“This is how we progress as a nation, ” Tinubu said.