Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, has the vision and political sagacity to move Nigeria forward.
Alhaji Tunde Balogun, the State Chairman of the party, also rejected the opinion by Alhaji Shettima Yerima, President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum who said Tinubu, a two-term governor of Lagos state is “destined to be a kingmaker and not a king”, implying that Tinubu can install president but cannot become a president himself.
According to Yerima “People like him (Tinubu) are not needed in 2023. I see him as one of those elder statesmen who have made positive impacts in the lives of the younger generation. So, take it or leave it, he has done his best in raising younger leaders.
“But sometimes in life again, there are those who make kings but they themselves cannot be king. Probably it is his destiny. He can make kings but he cannot be king. But there is nothing wrong in that because you can be father to the king”.
Speaking in an interview with INDEPENDENT, Balogun said Shetimma only expressed an opinion which he is entitled to, adding that what he said about Tinubu is a not a fact.
He said Tinubu is one of the greatest political leaders in Africa and a leader with great foresight who has what it takes to move Nigeria forward.
“That is his own opinion, which is not a fact. Shetimma is entitled to his own opinion. No matter what anybody says, Asiwaju is one of the greatest political leaders in Africa. He is a phenomenal leader in Africa.
“His ability to spot and nurture leaders who have excelled not only in Lagos but across the continent is enough testimony that he is a tested leader with great foresight. He is a man that has the vision and the political sagacity to move this country forward.”