Hamisu Chidari, Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly had said the APC in Kano State would support the 2023 presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in 2023.
He spoke at the inauguration of the Tinubu Support Group and the state steering committees of the TSG in Abuja on Saturday.
Chidari said Kano State, which has the highest number of voters and delegates in the country, would repay Tinubu’s act of helping President Muhammadu Buhari, to become President in 2015.
“My purpose is to kick-start the journey that will take us to the Villa by God’s grace with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the number one citizen of Nigeria,” he said.
The lawmaker added, “In Kano, being the state with the highest number of delegates, we have already decided and already concluded; we are set to give him at least 98 per cent of delegates in the primaries. Not only that, we are set as usual to give him the highest number of votes so that come May 29, 2023, we will be at the Eagle Square to swear him in as the President.
“All of us in the North-West are aware of the role he played in taking our son, President Muhammadu Buhari, to the Villa. So, we are going to reward him; we are going to pay him back. So, I have assured him of victory. Almost all the delegates from the North-West states are going to vote for him in the next primary elections.”
The purported ambition of the former governor of Lagos State was said to have deepened the crisis of the APC in Kano State. Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Mr James Faleke, said Tinubu fought corruption with technology while serving as governor Lagos State.
Faleke, who spoke during the inauguration of the support group, said, “The least sacrifice we can make is to let the whole country see the leadership we have seen, feel the compassion we have felt, and move the maker of modern Lagos to be the reformer of a greater Nigeria.
“My claim that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the maker of modern Lagos State is a truthful assertion. The landscape can tell the stories of its transformation from 1999 to 2007.”
In a related development, the coordinators of the Tinubu Support Organisation in the South-West have been chosen by delegates across the five states of the region.
The Director-General of the organisation, Alhaji Suleiman Aminu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Abdulghaniyy Kareem, congratulated the state arrowheads and charged the new coordinators to adhere to the goals of the organisation.
The new coordinators are Lanre Sodipo (Ogun State), Otunba Olusegun Fanibe (Osun State), Ezekiel Omotosho (Ekiti State), Akin Akingbesote (Ondo State) and Ambali Abiodun (Oyo State).
The Lagos TSO coordinator, Mr Akinduro Ibesanmi, noted that the group’s mission was to accomplish the mandate of Asiwaju Tinubu in the 2023 elections.
An elder statesman from Ekiti State, Pa Olomola Jegede, encouraged coordinators to be steadfast pending Tinubu’s declaration to contest the presidency in 2023.
The coordinators in their response however assured the organisation of their readiness to work and mobilise for the ex-governor of Lagos.
Tinubu‘s political career began in 1992, when he joined the Social Democratic Party where he was a member of the Peoples Front faction led by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and made up of other politicians such as Umaru Yar’Adua, Atiku Abubakar, Baba Gana Kingibe, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Magaji Abdullahi, Dapo Sarumi and Yomi Edu. He was elected to the Senate, representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic.
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