Gov Yahaya Bello Gives Reason Tinubu Should Not Succeed Buhari

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Former Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said a former Lagos State governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would not be succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

He said this is because the purported pact between the president and the former Lagos governor is not binding.

Bello, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust on Sunday said the leader of the APC would be convinced to support a young aspirant to succeed Buhari.

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Tinubu, who played a key role in the formation of the ruling party and victory of President Buhari, is yet to declare for the presidency, but his body language shows he may throw his hat in the ring.

The quest by blocs to grab the soul of the ruling party ahead of the 2023 politicking has ignited an internal crisis.  The three main blocs battling to take over the party’s soul comprise governors, the presidency and Tinubu’s group. There are other smaller camps within the three main blocs.

“Senator Tinubu is one of our leaders and I respect him so much. He has played a very significant role in Nigeria’s democracy and has built a lot of people. He has paid his dues, and with all respect as a son to him, my simple advice is that it is time for him to allow his children to take over the mantle of leadership. And let us do it to the glory of God and his admiration. He should see that those children he raised are now doing well. Let him see how we would manage this country in his lifetime.

“He has a right to contest, nobody is questioning that. I always urge everybody to respect him for the roles he has played in this country’s democracy. He is a man of integrity, to be candid,” the governor said.

Responding to a question on the possibility of Tinubu pulling out from the party if he is denied the presidential ticket of the APC, Bello said, “You don’t build a house and destroy it. I don’t think Tinubu would do that. I think he has grown past that. He is an elder statesman who will not say that the country should be destroyed in his lifetime, not even after his demise.

“So I don’t see him doing that. I don’t see that happening at all. I can speak for him, that at an appropriate time he will throw his weight behind a Nigerian youth to take over the leadership of this country while he would be behind the scene giving support as an elder statesman and one of the leaders of this party.”

On his 2023 ambition, the Kogi state governor whose campaign posters for the presidency have littered parts of the country said he would give an affirmative answer at the appropriate time to those mounting pressure on him to contest for the presidency.

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