Ogunlewe Backs Tinubu To Become Nigeria’s President
A former minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has declared that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, could get as much as 20 million votes from the South-West alone should he decide to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Ogunlewe in his breakdown of figures said Tinubu could get up to 5 million votes from Lagos State alone if politicians from the region put in necessary efforts.
He lamented that despite having 16 million registered voters in the 2019 general elections in the South-West, less than four million people, representing 17 percent voting populace, voted in the 2019 general election.
The politician added in the interview with Daily Independent, that the reason the North is bragging about determining the next president of Nigeria is because they have been able to harness their voting strength and motivate their people to vote despite the insecurity in some parts of the region.
Ogunlewe said: “Let us wait and see what happens. Let the man (Tinubu) come back home and solidify the South-West votes.
“The South-West can produce 20 million votes if we all work together and if we are serious about it. Is it not votes?
“Why the Northern elders are saying all this is because their people vote. They don’t joke with votes during election.
“Only 17 percent of South-West people voted in the last election while the North had 34 percent. We are targeting 60 percent votes in the 2023 elections, and we are going to be prepared for it.
“That is the way to be scientific in any political argument. Anything they are saying in the North is because of their voting strength.
“What is our own arrangement here? When they were talking of collection of voter cards, people who were in Boko Haram-ravaged territories in the North-East collected their voter cards more than us here in the South. Rather than go out and enlighten people on the need to collect their cards, our own is to pull people down.”
Ogunlewe further stated that the Northerners who have relocated to the South-West region can be motivated and convinced to vote for a candidate from the South-West.
“Most of the Northerners are here now riding ‘okada’ (commercial motorcycles) and ‘keke marwa’ (tricycles).
“Why can’t we arrange them and make them vote for us because they are living here, survive here and making their daily living here.
“Take it or leave it. We are the leaders in this nation. Why do you think everybody is coming here? It is when you get to the South-West that you prosper.
“So, I will implore all our leaders to come back home and present a united front. If the Northerners are bragging about retaining power, it is because of their voting strength.
Meanwhile, Naija News reports Asiwaju Tinubu has not officially declared his intention to run or not to run for the office of Nigeria’s president in 2023, but there have been suggestions from various quarters that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will contest the number one political office in Nigeria.