Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu have agreed to meet officially to kick off preliminary talks over the duo’s 2023 Presidential ambition, a source with an insider knowledge told Daily Mail.
The pair will meet in Abuja in the coming days to discuss whether a joint ticket would fly in order to keep the All Progressives Congress, APC in power, the source revealed.
The source who refused to reveal what date and venue the meeting would take place, but revealed he is a political son of Tinubu confided that, “it would happen, don’t laugh, don’t dismiss it.”
He said the meeting becomes necessary in order not to create dissension and schism in the party when the two formidable leaders of the party go their separate ways but was confident they will accept a joint ticket.
According to him, only a formidable pair like el-Rufai “who commands huge respect across the North and Tinubu who controls South West politics and understands Nigeria’s political system can stave off any onslaught from the opposition.”
He explains that, there’s no time to waste especially as people get restless and angry with the current government’s lack of performance, “the public need assurance of a better future.
“And now is the time to discuss a new Nigerian in different language. They must see some people with financial warchest and knowledge to change the situation,” he said.
He said the meeting would provide an insight whether a joint ticket would be possible or both would slug it out during the party’s primaries in 2022.
“I think they will find a compromise,” he enthused, adding that, the possibility “of a successful joint ticket is a positive one.”
He said both personalities would have already captured four zones for the APC leaving just two – South South and South East – as carcases.
“The other two zones would still not go 100% to the opposition, APC would get huge votes from there too.
“Don’t forget APC has two governors from the zone and by the end of 2021, might have three, that’s Anambra State. We have Edo and Imo and narrowly lost Bayelsa few days ago. We will definitely do whatever it takes to get Anambra. Don’t forget the incumbent Governor is a supporter of Buhari – he’s closer to APC than to any opposition party. Besides he’s finishing his second tenure and won’t see it as a win at cost scenario,” he explained.
He said the meeting would be the first real step in finding out the workability of a “joint ticket and other things around it before some unserious people jump into the fray to dilute a serious national assignment.”
Daily Mail reports that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has also supported the duo saying the seeming ambition of el-Rufa’i and Tinubu to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 would not destabilize the ruling APC.
Speaking in an interview on the BBC Hausa monitored on Saturday, Governor Buni said the party would be on a sound footing because President Muhammadu Buhari had already laid a solid foundation for the party through good governance.
“It will further strengthen the party, this is because Buhari has laid a solid foundation in the party through his good governance,” he said.
Daily Mail also reports that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, during the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari, Babachir Lawal, has also endorsed the ambition of Tinubu, whom he said “understands Nigerian politics and would unify Nigeria and deliver what the country needs.”