Will All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, join the 2023 presidential race as being speculated?
Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, says the answer will come in January when Tinubu is expected to confirm his interest.
Fashola who succeeded Tinubu as Lagos State governor in 2007 spoke on Channels Television programme ‘Hard Copy’ Friday night.
Tinubu himself yesterday met with former governor of Abia State,Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu in Abuja.
”I saw him last week; he didn’t tell me he was running for office and to the best of my knowledge, the last statement he made about it was that people would know in January,” Fashola said. The Minister said he did not ask Tinubu during their meeting.
“I only went to see how well he was doing,” he said, adding: “He has issued a statement that ‘I will speak in January’, so let’s wait for his speech.”
Asked if he was speaking for any presidential aspirant, Fashola responded in the negative,saying: “As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s President’. There are people speaking for people. Nobody has come out; we are not at that stage yet.
“I can’t venture out and say that I will speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria’.
“It pains me sometimes when we seed that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said’. I think the whole sense of it should be that I am able, I have looked at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep’.”