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Buhari may be distracted if I declare for president now – Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Tuesday said he is keeping his decision to run for president in 2023 close to his chest to avoid distracting President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The President (Buhari) is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges he might face today,” said the former Lagos governor. “So, don’t muddle the political waters. Consult, make our program known to the people later. And the intention is clear. So you can keep guessing.”

Mr Tinubu all but confirmed his readiness to vie for the presidential ticket when he told leaders of the Northern Alliance Committee at a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday that “I am not going to turn them ( those urging him to contest) down.” 

He, however, said he “will still effectively and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly and tell Nigerians.”

Speculations about Mr Tinubu’s determination to run for presidency in 2023 ramped up in the week, following the release of an autobiography by his long standing ally and first National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande, last week.

In the book, Mr Akande projected Mr Tinubu as a politician who has sacrificed much for others’ (including Mr Buhari’s) presidential ambition but has suffered betrayals at each turn.

Last year, Peoples Gazette reported how Mr Tinubu quietly opened his campaign office in Abuja.  

In October, Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, launched a political group for Mr Tinubu’s 2023 presidential campaign. Continue Reading

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