A former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe, says the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, Bola Tinubu, has achieved more than the late Obafemi Awolowo and MKO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
Naija News reports that Ogunlewe made this comment in an interview with Daily Independent.
The former senator who represented Lagos East from between 1999 and 2003, said Tinubu is the most prominent politician in the south-west.
Ogunlewe denied saying the north will not allow Tinubu to get the presidency and that the APC leader may end up like Abiola.
This online news platform recalls that the results of the 1993 presidential election showed Abiola was leading by a wide margin but the military regime of Ibrahim Babaginda annulled the exercise before the electoral body made a final pronouncement.
Speaking on the possibility of Tinubu becoming Nigeria’s President, he said he has confidence that Tinubu would lead well if he gets to the highest office in the land.
His words: “He (Tinubu) is the most prominent Yoruba person that has paid his dues and is knowledgeable about the politics of Nigeria. I am confident he can lead Nigeria well if he becomes president,” he said.
“How can I say that the north will deny Tinubu and he will end up like MKO Abiola? All these people are enemies of progress… Hasn’t he (Tinubu) done more than MKO Abiola? Hasn’t he done more than Awolowo?”
” Maybe not in terms of performance but he has more in terms of skills, wisdom. Look at the way he has been able to cover all parts of Nigeria.
“Look at the number of people he has been able to promote from nothing to be governors, ministers, and even Vice-President.
“Believe it or not, whether you like him or you don’t like him, you must give him credit. All those saying negative things are not knowledgeable about Nigerian politics. If you are knowledgeable about Nigerian politics, you should know that you cannot remove the man’s achievements from him,” he added.