Senator Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi, has said that former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has all it takes to lead Nigeria in 2023.
Akanbi, a former Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, argued that antecedent and capacity should be the yard stick to measure an aspirant’s suitability for the 2023 presidential seat. He berated those he alleged were whipping up sentiments about his age.
Akanbi, made the disclosure in Badagry, Lagos state, during the on-going tour of the state by South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) 2023.
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He suggested that the youth population should rather root for a presidential aspirant with evidence of quality service delivery.
“It’s not a matter of being young; it’s a matter of marketing a product. We are talking about empirical evidences, what he has done in the past and what he is presently doing,” he said.
The Senator also noted that Tinubu has demonstrated over the years, that he is a leader who spots and utilises human talents to achieve results.
He said, “the team of a government determines the mind of the leader. Let me give you an example, when Bola Tinubu was governor of Lagos State, his team members were quite young. He is a talent hunter, he looks for younger people who have quality and what it takes, brushes them up and makes them take the mantle of the leadership of the country.
“At the moment, look at those who served as commissioners or aides to Tinubu when he was Lagos state governor in the present federal government and look at the role they are playing – It is a pointer to the youths to support Tinubu. There were many older people around in Lagos, but he chose to take the risk on the youth, look at the result. See Tinubu as a captain of a team.”
Senator Akanbi, who is the Vice National Chairman of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) 2023, also recalled that as Governor, Tinubu, with the support of his cabinet, ran Lagos state successfully for several years when the Olusegun Obasanjo-led federal government stopped the state’s monthly federal allocation.
The SWAGA train led by Senator Dayo Adeyeye visited Badagry to pay homage to the Akran of Badagry, His Royal Majesty De Wheno, Aholo Menu- Toyi I OFR, and other Obas to seek their royal blessings and endorsement for the All Progressives Congress leader to contest the 2023 Presidential elections.