In the run up to the presidential primaries of the All Progressive Congress, many people speculated that former governor of Lagos and self styled “Jagaban”, had his eyes set on running for President. Many claim that he was only persuaded by strong appeal to abandon his ambition for the greater good of the party.
At the APC campaign rally held in Lagos yesterday, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu more or less confirmed the rumors of old;
“People define patriotism as putting the country first but this is what the ‘Poverty Development Party’ refuses to understand. We chose Buhari not because Bola Tinubu is not interested in the Presidency. I am capable, competent, qualified, younger and richer but there comes a time that people must make sacrifices for their nation.
“I prayed that Nigeria would get better and we would not need a man like him (Buhari). But today, we are in a great crisis; we face a lot of challenges. When South Africa was in a great dilemma and was about to disintegrate, they called Nelson Mandela of 74 years old.
“He used his wisdom to save his country. When the United States was in economic depression, they called 73-year-old Ronald Reagan because he was frugal and incorruptible.
“When America was faced with depression and war, they called a retired General, Dwight Eisenhower, to rescue the country and the country was returned on a path of success. “When France was faced with war and economic depression, they called a retired General, Charles De Gaul, to rescue the country.
He brushed lightly on the issue of certificates and inisted that despite the claims and counter claims over Buhari’s certificate, he was fit and qualified to rule Nigeria.
“So what do we need now? Buhari. This is the time for us. General Buhari, whether you are qualified or not qualified, we are calling you to come and rescue us in Nigeria,” he said.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who was also present at the rally added his own two cents to Asiwaju’s comments.
Having accused the federal government of failing to deliver on its campaign promises to Lagosians deepsite garnering huge votes from Lagosians in 2012, Babatunde Fashola urged voters to vote Goodluck Jonathan out.
The Presidential candidate was the last to speak at the rally and he accused the federal government of mismanaging Nigeria’s economy even though the PDP had been at the helm of affairs for sixteen long years.
Buhari said, “We all know what we have gone through in the past 16 years under the PDP. The APC has identified three core problems that must be tackled immediately. First is insecurity, two is the destruction of the economy and three is corruption.
“But whatever we have to do, we will have to secure Nigeria first. What is happening in the North-East where hundreds of people are being killed is unacceptable. We known that the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army are capable of bringing peace and stability into the country but they just need good leadership.”