The National Chairman of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, has urged Nigerians not to vote for the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying he will be a sleeping president.
The picture of Tinubu dozing off at the Emir of Gombe’s palace over the weekend went viral.
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Alkali, who spoke to journalists during a two-day training on social media for zonal publicity secretaries, state publicity secretaries, leaders of various social media groups working with the party and media aides of the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the party, in Abuja on Tuesday, said NNPP was working hard to win the 2023 presidential election.
He said, “How can a presidential candidate be sleeping even before the campaign starts? So that means that if you elect him, you will have a sleeping president for the next four years. Is that what you want — a sleeping president? Do you have confidence in him?”
He said, alternatively, “Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is a man of substance; he is a man of courage; a man of determination and a man who has already made so much mark in his life.”
The national chairman also condemned those who are conducting polls showing how candidates of the major political parties would fare in the 2023 elections.
Meanwhile, Tinubu, said he is mentally fit to lead Nigeria and that he would not disappoint the citizens if elected in 2023.
He said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a media briefing by the Northern Alliance Committee (NAC) on the state of the nation and other political issues.
Represented by his media aide, Mr. Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said his contesting for the 2023 presidency was not merely because of his personal desire, but also because, many Nigerians called him severally to do so.
“He (Tinubu) received countless number of calls for him to contest and these calls are from Nigerians and he cannot turn them down. He is capable, mentally fit for the job and he would not let anyone down,” he said.
Also, the director of social media and publicity, Ibrahim Madugu, said it would be in the best interest of Nigeria and the citizenry if Tinubu was elected president.