A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to contest the presidency in the 2023 general election.
Tinubu made this known on Monday while briefing State House correspondents after he met with President Buhari at the Aso Villa in Abuja.
The APC leader and former governor of Lagos State stressed that he has the confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundation laid by President Buhari to turn around the fortunes of the country.
“I’ve informed the president of my intention but I have not informed Nigerians yet. I’m still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people I will consult,” he said.
“You will soon hear. All you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr. President of my ambition and you don’t expect more answers than that.”
When asked about what the president’s response was, the APC chieftain said Buhari didn’t ask him not to run.
“That is our business. He is a democrat. He didn’t ask me to stop. He didn’t ask me not to attempt to pursue my ambition; it’s a lifelong ambition,” he said.
“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 virtues of democracy. That’s it.”
Speaking further on his ambition, Tinubu said with what he achieved in Lagos as governor, he has the capacity to rule Nigeria.
On speculations that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo may also vie for the ticket, Tinubu said he would rather not discuss any individual.
The development comes days after Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former house of representatives member, said plans are underway for Tinubu to declare his bid to contest.