Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has denied reports that he is manipulating the process of nomination of leaders for the next national assembly (NASS) in order to position himself for a presidential run in 2023.
What he said: Tinubu said in a statement on Sunday that he is focused on assisting President Buhari to develop, refine and implement a progressive agenda to flourish the economy and make Nigerians prosper.
- He said he has never run for office since his tenure as Lagos governor was concluded in 2007. “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.”
- He claimed that the positions for leadership positions in the national assembly were those of the party and the president. As a loyal party member, he said, it would be wrong to move against the president and party’s position regarding the National Assembly leadership.
- “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. We all know how important these positions are to the fulfillment of the president’s agenda.”
- He took shots at the leadership of the last national assembly, claiming that they were “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.”