All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu said he is joining the 2023 presidential race to unite the people, renew hope and secure a better future for Nigerians.
In a consultation with members of Ekiti Traditional Council during a visit to the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, Tinubu said Nigeria needs a leader who can unite the people, tackle insecurity and revive the nation’s poor economic condition.
The former Lagos State governor said he has enormous respect for culture and tradition and decided to seek the support of royal fathers before declaring his presidential ambition.
Tinubu, accompanied by the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, representing Governor Kayode Fayemi, and top leaders of the Southwest Agenda for Tinubu 2023, led by Senator Dayo Adeyeye, met with the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers at their chambers in the capital city.
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“I am contesting this race to renew the hope and make the future great for our children. For Nigeria to stand united and develop, we require patience and wisdom. We have to be united, that is the only way we can be great.
“We have struggled for democracy and today, we have democracy, but we are not stable yet. There is insecurity, hopelessness, lack of education and suffering in the land. By now, we should have a good farming system and opportunities to produce for other nations to buy.
“We are here to answer the call of our children by educating them the right way so that we can leave a Nigeria that is united, prosperous and abundant for them. We chose democracy and we must not fail in this task.
He said the APC was formed on the principles of democracy and Nigeria needs serious change. “I knew how Lagos was when I took over and we have never failed any election. There must be continuity in governance for progress to be attained.
“I was the first governor in Nigeria to start paying the WAEC fee of secondary school students. I shall do it again as a President.”
Tinubu said he has been an active player in project Nigeria since the 70s. “I was with MKO Abiola in Social Democratic Party. I was a senator before he came out. I was the youngest Senator of that era.
“We believed that there must be democracy in Nigeria, there must be freedom and there must be opportunities,” he said.
He noted that “We have to collaborate, unite and promote ourselves, instead of fighting. We all see what is happening in Ukraine today, we don’t need such experience here. We must elevate our technology and make use of available opportunities to develop Nigeria and that is what we are coming to do.”