Tinubu defends presidential ambition, says no law bars kingmaker from becoming king

By our reporter/ Former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday said there is no law that says a kingmaker cannot become a king.

Tinubu said he would pursue his ambition without the title of “kingmaker”.

“About the cap of kingmaker. I have never seen the cap of a kingmaker before,” he said.

“That is the truth and I have never seen where it is written in the rule book anywhere in any country that a kingmaker cannot be a king – unless you commit murder.

“So, whatever is your attribute (of me) is your own opinion. Me, I want to pursue my ambition without the title of a kingmaker. You can write your literature and story based on your own perception.”

Tinubu, who made the assertion in an interactive session with State House correspondents after meeting the president at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, revealed that he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his desire to run for president in 2023.

“I answer that with categorical yes. I have informed the President of my intention but I have not informed Nigerians yet. I’m still consulting. And I have no problem consulting, Tinubu said on Monday.

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“And I have not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people will I consult. You will soon hear, all you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You have gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr President of my ambition, and you don’t expect more answers than that.”

Asked about the President’s response to his his ambition, Tinubu said, “That’s our business. He is a democrat. He didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to attempt and pursue my ambition, is a lifelong ambition. So, why do I expect him to say more than that? You are running a democratic dispensation, and you must adopt the principles and the values and the virtues of democracy. That’s it.”

Tinubu further defended his ambition by pointing to his achievements as governor of Lagos State.

He said: “I don’t want to discuss individuals now. I must discuss myself. I have the confidence, the vision, the capacity to rule, build on the foundation of Mr. President, and turn Nigeria better. I’ve have done that with is yielding commitment in Lagos State. You’ve seen that experience and the capacity to turn things around and that is what we are doing.

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“You know, the confusion, the drift of the past in PDP is being corrected. And you can’t take away from that. As we are today, go back to the data on how many barrels of oil were we producing when we first came in and what it is today. We cannot even at the time we came in, we did not pay the counterpart funds to start our rail line.

“Today, you enjoy the comfort of having rail from Lagos to Ibadan, you have the Kaduna and you have the one for Kano State on the aggressive pipeline, you see excellent infrastructure. I just came from Azare and I have seen good roads, the carnage of dying on motor vehicles is reducing except you know, lack of compliance with a lot of Nigerian drivers and VIOs. Let us think back, let us be intellectually inquisitive as to the past and the present and what the future holds for Nigeria.”

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