A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has opened up on his presidential ambition.
The former Lagos Governor said he will take a shot at the presidency when there is vacancy at Aso Rock.
Tinubu was earlier considered as running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general election but was allegedly sacrificed based on consideration of Muslim-Muslim ticket.
He went on to cede the slot to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
But in a video said to have been obtained by online news medium, Sahara Reporters, Tinubu said vying for any office in Nigeria is an opportunity to serve his country.
The report said the APC leader spoke at the inauguration of Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu on Thursday,
“You see there is nothing wrong with such ambition (president). It depends on the timing and the environment and what political leadership dictates. I will not brush aside such an aspiration,” Tinubu allegedly said.
He reportedly alluded to Buhari’s several attempts at the presidency before his victory in 2015.
“It has been historical even that Buhari tried first, second, third, and fourth time before he got it, resilience, determination, and clarity of purpose. Maybe as a senator, maybe as a president, you cannot rule it out. How can I rule such a thing out, the opportunity to serve my country but you only do that when there is a vacancy”.
Speaking about the health condition of the president, Tinubu reportedly said Buhari has been very honest in disclosing that he needs medical attention.
“An honest man disclosed to you that he is going on leave, he is going to have a medical check-up, he has disclosed that he needed more time… What his doctors will discuss after that is subject to expertise which should not be discussed until he is ready to disclose it. He told us he cannot return now, what else do you want him to do”, he purportedly queried.
He advised Nigerians to pray for the president, insisting that he (Buhari) is alive and healthy.
“Only God gives life, and only God can take it. The man that I have seen is well, alive. We should promote welfare, praying for the wellbeing of our leaders.”
He also spoke about the ruling party, saying there is no rift whatsoever among APC leaders, and accused the media of concocting stories to suggest the contrary.
Meanwhile, Senate President and Chairman of National Assembly, Dr Bukola Saraki has described as untrue the video making the rounds in the social media, suggesting that he snubbed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu in Ondo.
The video had gone viral on social media on Sunday.
Saraki who spoke through his Special Adviser on New Media, Bamikole Omishore, said the alleged snubbing “did not happen”.
He said that Saraki had already saluted Tinubu before moving on but Tinubu who was granting an interview at the time could not immediately respond.
He added that Tinubu upon realising that Saraki had greeted him and was moving away, called his name and acknowledged his salutation before continuing with the interview.
“On the video circulating in the social media that President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki allegedly snubbed one of the leaders of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu that definitely did not happen.
“Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was granting an interview when the President of the Senate greeted him and others but he could not respond so well at that particular time.
“That is why Tinubu called Saraki and the Senate President replied with a courtesy and reminded him that he greeted him but didn’t want to distract him from the interview.
He enjoined Nigerians to watch the video to be conversant to the fact of the incident.