All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, should not have any problem in getting northern bloc votes in 2023 after the leading role he played in making Muhammadu Buhari the President of Nigeria, a northern group has said.
The group, Northern Region Supports Tinubu 2023, was emphatic that the North owes it as a duty to ensure that Asiwaju Tinubu becomes the next President.
It said the former Lagos State governor did it for Buhari and the North in 2015 and 2019, adding that the time has come for the region to reciprocate the good gesture.
The group’s National Coordinator Dahiru Hammandikko addressed reporters yesterday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, on the position of the organisation.
He said: “In 2015, without Asiwaju Tinubu, Buhari would not have become President. We all know this. Buhari had contested the previous three elections and lost. But when those legacy parties came together, including Asiwaju Tinubu’s Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), with Asiwaju Tinubu rallying the entire Southwest behind Buhari, the general was elected for the first time in 2015 and again in 2019, with the same Asiwaju Tinubu leading the process.”
Hammandikko reminded Nigerians that Asiwaju Tinubu had earlier given the presidential ticket of his ACN to Atiku Abubakar (in 2007 when the party was called Action Congress, AC), and then to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu in 2007.
The national coordinator said the former beneficiaries of Asiwaju Tinubu’s political machines are northerners, testifying to the fact that the former Lagos State governor is a detribalised Nigerian who supports credible citizens without considering where they come from.
“Asiwaju Tinubu is the type that when you come to him with focus and determination, he helps you,” Hammandikko said.
The national coordinator said he was canvassing for the APC National Leader because when he was Lagos State governor, he proved that he would make positive impact, if he becomes President.
“As governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu picked people from other states and made them commissioners,” Hammandikko said, adding that Nigeria would be much the better with Asiwaju Tinubu as President.
Reiterating his call on the North to support the APC National Leader, Hammandikko added: “It’s payback time by the North in favour of Asiwaju Tinubu. We call it sakayya (recompense). President Buhari and the North have to do sakayya for Asiwaju Tinubu and ensure that the former governor gets to power as President of Nigeria.”