Allies and associates of the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, met in Oyo State capital, to intensify the mechanisms they intend to utilise to actualise the presidential bid of the Ex-governor of Lagos State.
The allies are from the Southwest zone of the country inclusive of former and current Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in the geo-political zone.
Reports say, at least twenty current and past Speakers in the States’ Assemblies in the region were present at the meeting. These attendees include Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, former Speakers of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Mojeed Alabi and Hon. Najeem Salam, former Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape and former speakers from Ondo and Ekiti, among others.
Remember that just last year some loyalists of the former Governor visited two traditional rulers in Oyo State, lobbying support for Tinubu.
The chief convener of the meeting is the current speaker of Lagos state house of assembly, Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, in his statement said all former and current Speakers in the region had taken it upon themselves to support Tinubu presidency in 2023, adding that the Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) Foundation is meant to break the shackles of poverty in the country.
The Speaker said although Tinubu has not endorsed his interest in the presidency, there is a need to discuss “this all-important issue on behalf of Tinubu”.
He further urged all attendees at the meeting to return to their states and set up the template that would achieve this Tinubu dream.
Ambassador Aliyu Saulawa, National Coordinator, BAT Movement, spoke on the essence and resolutions made at the meeting, said that the movement is ready to ensure power shift to the Southwest and be clinched by Tinubu.
He said “What was resolved at the meeting include, that power must shift to the South and that the Southwest must produce the next president.
“That Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, being a Yoruba man with the capacity, experience and means should be the candidate to be supported to emerge as the next president of Nigeria.
“That Asiwaju Tinubu still needs to do more networking in Yoruba land, especially amongst serving and past governors so that voices of dissent can be reduced to the barest minimum.
“That all stakeholders here present should go back home and start the Asiwaju Tinubu presidential project pending when he will come out publicly to agree to contest.”
All the attendees in their statements pledge their commitment and readiness to support and see to the actualisation of the Tinubu Presidential project, come 2023.