Former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu declared on Wednesday that Nigeria needed a courageous man as President in 2023 to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said he was the courageous person who could step in and bring about the needed change and desired development across the nation.
Tinubu spoke at a one-day parley between current Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the APC-led States in Lagos State. The event has ‘The Legislature, Changing times and Nigeria’s Democratic Journey’ as its theme.
Tinubu acknowledged the nation is endowed with great human capital to experience a true transformation but said premium must be placed on the leadership ability of individuals jostling to run for president.
Tinubu said: “It is a very challenging time for us in the country and we need to decide the next leadership right. We need to intellectually assess the current situation, and bring in a person with a clear vision and ability to deliver. Accelerated development of our country is all about thinking, doing, and being courageous. I am a thinker and a doer.
“I was raised with courage and that is what is driving me to push on my vision to create a Nigeria that will work for all. We can build this nation and reverse the carnage. What we need is leadership, the visioner to drive the change we desire. That is why I have presented myself to canvass for your support.”
The APC national leader said he was prepared to take over the mantle of national leadership legitimately through the ballot, and not make attempts to gain political power passing through the back door.
He said he possessed the capacity to truly transform the country, noting that his administration as Governor of Lagos initiated many unprecedented steps toward lifting the state’s economy.
If given the chance to become the president, Tinubu said he would bring his new capability to bear and transform the potential of the country into a reality.
“As I need Nigeria, the country needs my competence. I have been a good example with a shrewd, daring, and can-do attitude. And I have never lost a single election,” Tinubu said.