Tinubu's rumoured presidential ambition is gaining more weight and momentum every other day. There appears to be no other candidate more viable than he is in this current political dispensation.
In the northern part of the country, one way or the other, Umar Ganduje has aligned himself with Bola Ahmed Tinubu. That is why he hosted the birthday colloquium of the national leader of the All Progresives Congress (APC).
In the southern part as well, notable Yoruba leaders have identified themselves with Tinubu's course and they have openly, though implicitly, endorsed his candidacy. Hence, Tinubu is popular both in north and south of Nigeria.
The first notable and powerful Yoruba leader to apparently approve the candidacy of Tinubu is the immediate past leader of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere. The group is one of the most vocal, most powerful and influential ones in Yoruba land.
Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the immediate past leader of Afenifere, openly endorsed Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The Yoruba leader is one of the few voices championing restructuring of the country. There have been agitations for new fiscal policies and true federalism in which the state will be more powerful and have more control over its resources.
Pa Fasoranti, the aged elder statesman, while talking about Tinubu, said, “Tinubu has my total suport. Majorly from his activities and track record, he deserves to be there. Someone told me about his ambition five days ago. May his prayers be answered. When he gets there, he will do all we want.”
According to the Nigerian Tribune, the popular Yoruba leader passed the comment and endorsement when some group loyal to Bola Tinubu visited him at his residence. And with the open declaration, Tinubu can rest assured of the total support of the powerful leader.
The second Yoruba leader to back Tinubu is Senator Dayo Adeyeye. Even the former senator has joined a group loyal to Tinubu. He seems to be at the forefront in the campaign for Tinubu's presidency.
Dayo Adeyeye is a former minister under ex president Goodluck Jonathan. He was appointed to represent Ekiti State in the cabinet. At the same time he was a Senator. He left the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 2018 when he lost the governorship ticket of the party and went on to work for the APC in the said poll.
Dayo Adeyeye was in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom and he declared that Tinubu is what Nigeria needs now. Dayo Adeyeye, perhaps to show serious he is about Tinubu's presidency, has become the chairman of Chairman of Southwest Agenda 23, a group canvassing for Bola Tinubu.
While he and his group were meeting some paramount traditional rulers in Ondo State, Dayo Adeyeye said, "Tinubu is a good product that doesn’t need any advertisement and he has contributed greatly to the growth and development of the nation. He is consummate democrat and progressive.
Premium Times quoted Adeyeye as saying that the southwest needs Tinubu to win the APC ticket. While praising Tinubu, the former minister said that the former Lagos State governor has done much for Nigerians without considering tribe, and religion.
He argued, “He has done a lot for Nigerians irrespective of religion and tribe. He has built bridges across the country."
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