Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has said he is willing to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari but does “not want to offend him.”
Tinubu, who was on a consultation tour in Ogun State over his presidential aspiration in 2023, stated this last Saturday during his visit to the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Michael Gbadebo.
The former governor of Lagos State also visited the paramount ruler and Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, in Ijebu-Ode.
He subsequently proceeded to Ilaro in Yewa, Ogun West Senatorial District.
Recently, Tinubu informed President Buhari of his plan to contest the 2023 presidential election.
At the palace of the Alake, Tinubu said his aim is to become the President of Nigeria.
“I clocked 50 on the seat of governor,” he said.
“I have done crusades to return Nigeria to democracy rule before I started hearing the voices of the people that I should contest for President, I have thought about it deeply, but I cannot think about it alone.
“The people said, this time around I should run for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I told them that we have elected someone there and I don’t want to pull the carpet from his feet.
“I told the President I want to replace you and I don’t want to offend you. I told the President that I want to step in his shoes but not step on his toes. As the number one citizen, I should start my bid by informing you first, and he (Buhari) told me to inform the whole world, and I have done that.
“I want to seek the permission of the Kabiyesi, I want to seek his blessings and his prayers and seek the blessings of other chiefs.
“I’m here to tell you (Alake) that, I want your prayers and I want to inform you that I want to become the President.”
In his response, Oba Gbadebo welcomed the presidential hopeful and prayed that God would grant his desire of becoming the President.
On his way out, Asiwaju Tinubu who admitted that the country is passing through difficult times told journalists that he will make Nigerians happy if elected president.