Amidst a deafening silence from the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his true position on contesting the 2023 presidential elections, a seven-point agenda manifesto confirming the politician’s interest in the presidential poll has surfaced.
There has been wild speculations that the two-term former Lagos State governor is doing everything possible to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari whom he influenced his ascension to power in 2015 but Tinubu has neither denied nor confirmed the news.
However, to nail doubts, a manifesto leaked over the weekend suggesting that Tinubu is all set to take power from President Buhari in 2023.
Tagged, “Seven Point Agenda: The Rebirth Manifesto,” the document detailed Tinubu’s plan for Nigeria if elected as the country’s leader.
The seven key areas the campaign master plan covered include education, technology, infrastructure, home grown business, leadership, and true federalism and democratic process.
Provide transformational leadership that has the ability to unify all of Nigeria and lead us to the attainment of shared goals and vision.
Leverage modern technology for digital transformation and economic growth.
Create conditions that allow citizens move and transact freely across the Nation.
Commence extensive infrastructural development by building basic foundational services (24 hrs access to electricity, roads, bridges e.t.c) that connect (power) people and businesses ultimately improving the quality of living.
Build platforms that enable and empower homegrown businesses to scale and compete favourably in the global market.
Deploy initiatives targeted at promoting knowledge and equipping learners of all age groups with the skills and values needed to address modern-day challenges globally. Propagate and activate strategies that also promote a sense of pride and awakening amongst all Nigerian citizens to the extent that people feel extremely patriotic and ecstatic to be Nigerians.
True Federalism and Democratic Processes
Promote democracy, realize human potential and create conditions for prosperity and progress.
Meanwhile, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola last week asked Nigerians to wait till January 2022 for his former boss to declare whether he will be running for president in 2023 or not.
When he was asked if he will support the candidacy of the national leader of the APC in the 2023 election, Fashola said Tinubu has not informed him he is running in 2023.
“I saw him last week; he didn’t tell me he is running for office and to the best of my knowledge, the last statement he made about it was that people would know in January,” he said.
The Minister was also asked if he enquired from Tinubu about his intention to run, during the visit he said, “No, I didn’t ask him, I only went to see how well he was doing.
“He has issued a statement that I will speak in January, so let’s wait for his speech.”
While he was away on medical grounds abroad, Tinubu received the creme-dela-creme of Nigeria’s political actors including President Buhari at his London residence.
However, despite Tinubu’s silence on his presidential ambition, several groups, including the South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) have been vocal about the politician’s interest in contesting for the 2023 presidential poll.