The presidential ambition of former governor of Lagos State and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, received a major endorsement.
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation who was sacked from office, Babachir Lawal, has said Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress is in good standing to become the next president of Nigeria.
Babachir is a close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and is seen as among those who are pulling the lever of power under President Buhari administration.
In his view, Tinubu possesses the qualities of a good modern President to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Babachir, who stated this in Yola, Adamawa State, in an interview with some select journalists.
PUNCH reports that Lawal also supported power rotation to the South.
He was quoted as saying that by 2023, power rotation would be one of the legacies President Buhari would be leaving behind among several others.
Babachir, while speaking about the chances of the South-East to produce the President, appeared to doubt the chances of an Igbo politician getting the nominations of one of the major political party because, according to him, politicians from the region had yet to reach an agreement.
He said, “By 2023 when Buhari’s tenure will be over, he’ll go back to Daura to face his cows like I am doing. But you see, every leader must leave behind a legacy. I will like to see that he leaves behind a legacy of achievement.
“Bola Tinubu is my friend of many years. Buhari is my big boss. Bola Tinubu without prejudice that he’s my friend, will make a good president. Other issues notwithstanding, he (Tinubu) will make a good modern president because the presidency these days is scientific. Nigerians, by convention, seem to have agreed that there should be rotation of the presidency.”
On Igbo presidency, Babachir, however said there had always been a notion that the North was preventing an Igbo person from becoming the president.
“But they have not been working together to actualise an Igbo presidency,” he said.