Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai says he would support the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s 2023 presidential bid, who he revealed told him that he will run.
Tinubu had on Wednesday visited the founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum at his Abuja residence.
Yakasai told Saturday PUNCH that the ex-governor of Lagos was at his Abuja residence to solicit his support for his (Tinubu’s) presidential ambition in the next general elections.
When asked whether Tinubu told him he would be contesting for President in 2021, Yakasai said, “He (Tinubu) did and he asked for my support.”
On if he planned to join the ruling party after Tinubu’s visit, the elderstatesman said, “I don’t want to join any (political) party but I can support a candidate of my choice. I have said it way back in 1951 that I will not be a party member but I will support a candidate of my choice.”
On the APC leader’s visit, the elder statesman said, “He (Tinubu) just came to visit me but actually I have two of them (presidential aspirants) that I have earmarked right from the beginning and I made a vow that any one of them who came to ask for my support first is the person I would support. Tinubu is the first person.”
Yakasai, however told the newspaper that he didn’t disclose to Tinubu, during the visit, that he would support his ambition.
Billboards advertising the rumoured presidential bid of Tinubu, who was Lagos governor from May 1999 to May 2007, have been seen in major cities. Though Mr. Tinubu is yet to declare his ambition.