I pity those saying Buhari’s dissolution of APC’s NWC has killed my 2023 ambition – Tinubu


Lasun Alagbe

All Progressives Congress Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has slammed those saying the dissolution of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has shattered his purported 2023 presidential ambition.

He said on Saturday that those saying so were behaving as if they saw the future, even as he noted that, as a human being, he did not behave as if he was the owner of tomorrow.

Tinubu made the declaration in a statement in which he reviewed the recent developments in the party, including the dissolution and the establishment of a caretaker committee.

Although he expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s action in terms of the developments, he noted:

“To those who have been actively bleating how the President’s actions and the NEC meeting have ended my purported 2023 ambitions, I seek your pity. I am but a mere mortal who does not enjoy the length of foresight or political wisdom you profess to have. Already, you have assigned colourful epitaphs to the 2023 death of an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born.

“At this extenuating moment with COVID-19 and its economic fallout hounding us, I cannot see as far into the distance as you. I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough.

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“During this period, I have not busied myself with politicking regarding 2023. I find that a bit distasteful and somewhat uncaring particularly when so many of our people have been unbalanced by the twin public health and economic crises we face. I have devoted these last few months to thinking of policies that may help the nation in the here and now. What I may or may not do 3 years hence seems too remote given present exigencies.

“Those who seek to cast themselves as political Nostradamus’ are free to so engage their energies. I trust the discerning public will give the views of such eager seers the scant weight such divinations warrant.

“Personally, I find greater merit trying to help in the present by offering policy ideas, both privately and publicly, where I think they might help. I will continue in this same mode for the immediate future. 2023 will answer its own questions in due time.

“I have toiled for this party as much as any other person and perhaps more than most. Despite this investment or perhaps due to it, I have no problem with making personal sacrifices (and none of us should have such a problem) as long as the party remains true to its progressive, democratic creed. Politics is but a vehicle to arrive at governance. Good politics promotes good governance. Yet, politics is also an uncertain venture. No one gets all they want all the time. In even a tightly-woven family, differences and competing interests must be balanced and accommodated.”


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