Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has given reasons why former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu shouldn’t succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, saying the said pact between the two parties is invalid.
Bello, whose presidential campaign posters litter parts of Nigeria, revealed in an exclusive interview on Sunday that Buhari would be convinced to help a young aspirant succeed him.
Despite not having declared for the presidential race, Tinubu, who played a crucial role in the formation of the ruling party and Buhari’s victory, appears to be considering running for the presidency.
A quest by blocs to capture the soul of the ruling party has sparked an internal crisis. Governors, the presidency, and Tinubu’s group are the three main groups battling for the soul of the party. Within the three main blocs, there are smaller camps.
‘Senator Tinubu is one of our leaders and I greatly respect him. He has played a major role in building Nigeria’s democracy and has built a lot of people. As a son to him, I would advise him to let his children take over as leaders now that he has paid his dues. Let us do it to the glory of God and his admiration. He should see that the children he raised are now doing well. Let him see how we will manage this country during his lifetime.
“He has a right to contest, no one is disputing that. Everybody should respect him for his contributions to this country’s democracy. To be honest, he is a man of integrity.
To a question on whether Tinubu might leave the APC if denied the presidential ticket, Bello said, “You don’t build a house and then destroy it.”. Tinubu wouldn’t do that, in my opinion. He has grown beyond that, in my opinion. Even after his death, he will not suggest that the country should be destroyed during his lifetime. I don’t see him doing that. That doesn’t seem likely to happen. For his part, I can state that at an appropriate time, he will cast his support behind a Nigerian youth to take over the leadership of the country, while he will remain behind the scenes giving support as an elder statesman and a leader in this party.
In response to mounting pressure to run for president in 2023, he said he would respond positively at the appropriate time.