Hon. James Faleke has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take concrete steps to enthrone a leadership that will build on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration rather than risk a wild goose chase with inexperienced candidates.
He declared that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the type of tested leader who has the vision and capacity to not just sustain the party’s achievements beyond 2023, but also to advance the administration’s remaining economic and revolutionary agenda and programs.
The former congressman stated at the inauguration of Tinubu Support Group (TSG) State Steering Committees on Saturday in Abuja that the APC does not need to look much further if it wants to retain power at the center come 2023.
He also warned the party against allowing rampant insecurity, which he claimed was fueled by enemies of the country, to define the 2023 campaign, emphasizing that the APC has made significant successes under Buhari’s watch, which are obscured by insecurity.
According to him; “The solid achievements of the Buhari administration in transportation (including our fast rail service and improved road network). mass housing, preventive health, export-led agriculture, functionai education, improved electricity and stronger communications are today blurred by the threats posed to the national economy by the dangers of banditry, kidnapping and separatism.
“The destablising agenda, sponsored by domestic nihilists and foreign enemies of Nigeria, must not be allowed to shape the narrative of the 2023 elections.
“Our party and government must snap victory from the jaws of these challenges. It is not the time to experiment with inexperienced experts. It is not the season for those who can talk but have no history of walking their talk” he warned.
Faleke who ran for governor in Kogi State in 2016 said that Tinubu has the popularity to secure majority of the votes despite leaving the reins.of political power since 2007, and urged the former Lagos State Governor to run for president.
“To secure the votes of the majority in 2023, we must present a candidate who knows where the shoe pinches the average Nigerian, not just because he has been there, but because, as the governor of the most difficult, most complex state in Nigeria, he put smiles on the faces of the poor by convincing the rich to join the government to chase poverty from the streets. That man is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Asiwaju of Lagos, Lagos State”
Earlier, Arc. Umar Ibrahim Mohammed, Director General of Tinubu Support Group (TSG) said the main objective of the group is to mobilize followership and a formidable, popular grassroot support base for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ahead of the 2023 polls.
Arc Mohammed said the group that cut across all strata of the society is convinced of Senator to change the narrative and.urged him to throw his hat in the ring and heed the clarion call coming from all Nigerians.
He urged the Steering Committees to return to their various states and constitute support groups in the local government areas with aim to mobilize grassroot support for the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu presidency.
“As you return to your various states, you are to constitute your local government and ward structures who must be men and women of proven integrity and capacity to deliver. Towards this end, you must ensure a proper and careful harmonization of all interest groups into a formidable structure and support base. You must ensure a level playing ground, fair representation and allow an all-inclusive participation”