The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has urged Nigerians to wait till January 2022 for the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu to declare whether he will be running for president in the 2023 general elections or not.
Fashola made the statement on Channels Television’s ‘Hard Copy’ programme on Friday night.
When asked whether he is interested in becoming the President of Nigeria, Fashola said, “It is a very tough responsibility, a very tough job; I don’t envy those who have held that office and I don’t envy those who aspire to take it as well.”
When asked whether he is speaking for any aspirant come 2023, the minister said, “As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s President. There are people speaking for people. Nobody has come out, we are not at that stage yet.
“I can’t venture out and say that I will speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria’.
“It pains me sometimes when we see that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said’. I think the whole sense of it should be that, ‘I am able, I have looked at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep’.”
When asked whether he will support Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election, he said, “I saw him (Tinubu) last week, he didn’t tell me he is running for office and to the best of my knowledge, the last statement he made on it is that people will know in January.”
Fashola added that he has not asked Tinubu whether he is interested in the 2023 Presidency or not.
“No, I didn’t ask him, I just went to ask how he was doing. He has issued a statement that, ‘I will speak in January, so let us wait till January,” he said.
Although Tinubu is yet to declare his intention to contest any office in the 2023 elections, posters and billboards advertising his presidential bid have surfaced in major cities including Lagos and Abuja.