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NEWS UPDATE: 2023: Nigerians cautioned against electing next president based on popularity, as Tinubu, Atiku warm up

NEWS UPDATE: 2023: Nigerians cautioned against electing next president based on popularity, as Tinubu, Atiku warm up

As Nigeria gradually draws shut 2023, the race for who becomes the country’s next president is fast fitting the major topic within the country’s political space.

2 major political personalities seem to be on the lips of Nigerians – Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and ex- Peoples Democratic Political party’s presidential candidate.

Atiku started vying for the presidency right from the days of the Social Democratic Political party, SDP, in which, the tardily MKO Abiola defeated him to emerge as the presidential candidate and eventual winner in 1992, but the election was annulled.

Despite his failure to emerge president, Atiku rose to go the Vice President to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and they were in charge for 2 terms. After leaving business office, the Turaki Adamawa has continued to force for the actualization of his presidential ambition without success.

Atiku who lost to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 is believed to be nursing the ambition of running for the presidency once again in 2023. Notwithstanding, he is yet to declare his intentions but his supporters are already preparing the ground with cause posters beingness sighted in some states.

Similarly, Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is believed to be “eyeing” the highest political place in Nigeria.

Tinubu, known for his human capacity evolution and political sagacity is believed to be the best candidate to succeed Buhari in 2023. Tinubu’s political tutelage has produced people similar former Governor of Lagos Province, Babatunde Fashola who is the current Government minister of Works and Housing; Tunde Fowler, former boss of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, amid others. In some quarters, it’s believed that Buhari won’t have emerged as president whether not for the influence of “Asiwaju.”

To this cease, the Due south Westward Agenda for Asiwaju, SWAGA, had boasted that the former Lagos Province governor already has 12 to 13 million votes, ahead of the presidential election.

A chieftain of SWAGA, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye said Tinubu would replicate Buhari’s 2025 feat, when he got 12 million votes from the N.

Adeyeye pointed out that the entire Southwest would pose their differences, both politically and traditionally aside and ensure that Asiwaju as he is popularly called emerges Nigeria’s next president.

Notwithstanding, a fellow member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, has cautioned Nigerians against picking their next president on the basis of personality traits.

Peller, a fellow member of the ruling APC said Nigerians should rather pick their next president on the basis of a strong institution rather than personality.

He urged Nigerians to pose in location a strong institution at present from which the country’s leader would be picked rather than relying on personalities.

Peller made the comment spell reacting to a inquiry on Tinubu’s aspiration.

In an Instagram interview with Officialsamolatunji 1, Peller said, “We demand to build an institution at present, we do not demand to take whatever single individual and be saying we want to at present rally circular that individual. Permit us shape an institution, permit us place a criteria and permit us reckon who meets upwardly with the criteria.

“There is no institution that has set upwardly the criteria yet. Whether the criteria says the next president should be christian, is Asiwaju a christian?

He famous that relying on personalities to preserve Nigeria was a error, adding that the next president should be elected through institutions capable of ensuring the competency of the individuals.

“We have made the error 2 times. There was a time in Nigeria when President Obasanjo was brought from prison house and everybody was saying he is the best individual that could do this and we started to run around him. The Same thing happened to President Buhari. Everybody was saying Muhammadu Buhari is a saint, he is not corrupt and so everyone starts to run around him, I believe this must halt,” Peller said.

Also, a chieftain of the PDP, who wished not to be named said in reality, Nigeria’s next president should be to a greater extent of competence not popularity.

He famous that Nigerians would maintain making mistakes for relying on popularity in deciding the country’s president.

“We demand to halt this thing of popularity in picking out president. We did with Obasanjo, the same was repeated with Buhari. They said Buhari would turn Nigeria around because he was a straight forward individual, but appear at what we are experiencing nowadays. His authorities is the most biased and sectional which has destroyed Nigeria. We demand to do superior in 2023,” he told DAILY POST.

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