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2023: Tinubu’s emergence, important political development for Nigeria: Yakasai

“The election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the APC presidential flag bearer is indeed an important political development in our country,” said Mr Yakasai.

• June 9, 2022
Tanko Yakasai and Bola Tinubu
Tanko Yakasai and Bola Tinubu

Tanko Yakasai, an elder statesman and founding member of  the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF),  says the emergence of Bola Tinubu as APC presidential candidate signifies important political development for Nigeria.

Mr Yakasai, also a human rights activist and member of the Justice and Equity for Peace and Unity Initiative (JEPUN) made the remarks on Thursday  in his congratulatory message to Tinubu, a former Lagos governor who won the APC presidential primaries in Abuja on Wednesday.

“The election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the APC presidential flag bearer is indeed an important political development in our country,” said Mr Yakasai.

According to him, this is the first time the major political parties are fielding non-military actors as their presidential flag bearers.

He also noted that the victory of either of the major political parties would signify a complete break away from military influence in the nation’s polity.

Mr Yakasai added that it would bring about the return of Nigeria to a full-fledged democratic tradition and practice for the first time, since the return of civilian rule in 1999.

“This transition will be a milestone and will lead us to a full fledged democracy,” he noted.

The elder statesman described Mr Tinubu as a political juggernaut and a  sage.

He appealed to all candidates vying for various political positions in the country to commit themselves to the principles of playing politics according to the rules of the game.

Mr Yakasai urged political gladiators to eschew politics of bitterness, violence and do away with the culture of thuggery in  political activism.

He advised them to return the country to the path of civility in the conduct of partisan politics.

“May their emergence be the harbinger of the return to politics of decorum, without bitterness. May their emergence be the beginning of the arduous task of finding a better strategy that will enhance the needed national unity, peaceful coexistence and cohesion in our country, a prerequisite for genuine nation building,” stated Mr Yakasai. “I pray that the coming general elections will be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere free from violence.”

Mr Yakasai expressed hope that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would conduct the election in a peaceful, credible manner devoid of rigging and manipulation.

Mr Tinubu, one of the national leaders of the ruling party defeated 12 other presidential aspirants, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to clinch the APC ticket.

The main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on May 29, elected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections. 


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