2023: Disquiet over Tinubu’s campaign office in Abuja

I won't distract President Buhari --- APC National leader

Ahead 2023 general elections, a presidential campaign office alleged to belong to former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), BolaTinubu has been sighted in highbrow Maitama District of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The expansive property, which used to be home of Eagle Heights International Schools, has been topic for political discussion amongst chieftains of the APC.

A party source revealed that a federal lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, HonourableAbiodunFaleke was the driving force behind the campaign secretariat.

There are more than two of such property in FCT already acquired and put in shape by individuals believed to be confidants of the former Lagos State governor.

A source told us in confidence that the commissioning of one of the campaign offices was aborted last September at the last minute on the instruction of Bola Tinubu.

The source maintained that the former Lagos State governor does not want to be seen to be dragging the political space with President MuhammaduBuhari, less than two years to the latter second tenure in office.

The source further argued that at the heart of the crisis rocking the APC is the struggle for the party structures ahead of 2023 presidential convention and Tinubu would not want to be indicted for what he has expressed reservations about in the past.

Dissecting the crisis bedevilling the party last March, the former Lagos State governor had dismissed forces behind the plot to remove the former National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole as suffering from the 2023 virus.

He said: “While Corona has been presently contained in Nigeria, we must be alert to another sickness that seems rampant within a certain segment of society. That sickness is old Ambition-virus 2023. This illness afflicts many in the political class along with their allies in the media.

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“In a broader context, those afflicted with the 2023 virus do a grave disservice to President Buhari and his administration. They should be trying their best to help the president. Instead of seeing President Buhari as our present leader and commander-in-chief, their sole contemplation is upon his eventual exit.”

Speaking through his media aide, Tunde Rahman, the APC leader maintained his stance not to distract President Buhari from the pressing challenge of governance. Rahman said his principal was not aware of any campaign office in Abuja but further claimed: “that many of his friends, associates and supporters who feel he is eminently qualified for the Presidency and has done excellently well to advance our democracy and want to see him offer himself for the top job are doing everything on their own to see him the contest.”

His statement read in part:”

His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has not even declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election let alone open a campaign office. He has repeatedly said 2023 is still some years away and that he is at present focused on helping President Buhari deliver on his mandate as he is doing and coasting home to victory.

“That is his position. But you know also that many of his friends, associates and supporters who feel he is eminently qualified for the Presidency and has done excellently well to advance our democracy and want to see him offer himself for the top job are doing everything on their own to see him contest.

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“I don’t know the office you are talking about but it may just be one of those things these people are doing to get AsiwajuTinubu to do as they wish. And I think they have a right to advance the course they believe in. Asiwaju’s appeal, however, is that they allow the present government to concentrate on the good job it is doing and allow the matter of 2023 to take care of itself in the fullness of time.”

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