Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has received the full backing of an Igbo group to contest the 2023 presidential elections.
Naija News understands that despite calls by major stakeholders to rotate power to the Southern region of the country, the likes of Tinubu, some politicians from both the North and Western part of the country are eyeing the number one political position in the country.
Declaring it’s support for the All Progressive Congress, APC National Leader, a South-East Destiny Movement said that Tinubu has proven to be fit for the position and should be supported.
The Convener, SDMBAT, Chief Ekene Enefe, who spoke in Awka yesterday , said Tinibu’s good leadership ability has qualified him for the position.
The group claimed it has assessed the value that Tinubu had brought to Nigerian politics as well as the economic and infrastructural foundation laid in Lagos State, and most importantly, the human capital he built during and after his reign as governor of the state.
Enefe described Tinubu as one of the most detribalised Nigerians, who, as governor, had appointees from every part of the country, Naija News reports.
He said, “BAT (Tinubu) is one man that believes in merit; if you have the competence he is looking for, he engages you; that is the kind of man Nigeria needs now. We are supporting him because what Nigeria needs in a president is capacity, competence and national acceptability.”
According to him, the country does not need ethnic champions.
Enefe stated, “What we need in Nigeria is a good leader, who is informed and who can harness and allocate the resources of this country equitably.
“We cannot continue to advocate for a president based on ethnicity. There was a time when people from the South-East occupied good positions in government, but it did not translate into improved infrastructure in the region.
“As a matter of fact, some of the champions of the president from South-East extraction are doing it for selfish reasons. How have they used their former opportunities to better the lots of the people in their immediate environment?”
Enefe said the SDMBAT was largely made up of youths, who were desirous of national cohesion and progress with a presence at the grassroots in the South-East region.
“We are in touch with every community in the South-East; we have been existing and decided to provide our platform for BAT, because he represents a better opportunity for the APC and better leadership for Nigeria, because of his proven experience,” he added.