Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has expressed confidence ahead of the 2023 general election, saying he is the front-runner in the race for the presidency.
Gatekeepers News reports that Tinubu said this during an interview with BBC, which was broadcast on Tuesday.
“I’m very confident that this election will be free and fair, I’m the front runner, that is why I am getting many arrows,” he said while responding to a question concerning the ongoing campaign.
He said, “I’m very confident that this election will be free and fair, I’m the front runner, that is why I am getting many arrows.”
Asked about his priorities if he is elected as the nation’s President in 2023, Tinubu said: “Security and economic recovery to accelerated development, to get Nigerians employed and get inflation down. You know, monetary policy needs to be changed. Subsidy needs to be decided upon and then removed.”
On how he intends to tackle the Insecurity which has been lingering even under Buhari’s administration, Tinubu said: “It has reduced. I will defend him (Buhari). Then, 17 Local Governments and about four States where we had flags of foreign jihadists in Nigeria. That is no more. That is long gone,”
Tinubu added: ” To start chaos is easy. To bring normalcy and redecorate is more difficult. Here we are, Buhari has degraded but not completely eliminated ISWAP.
“They will talk briefly of lethal weapons and ammunitions and technology equipment that could have helped with the clean up of those. The West is yet to feel comfortable enough with a Buhari administration to sell us the arms and technology necessary.”
On why Nigerians should vote for him and what he is going to do differently to mitigate the current hardship in the country, the APC presidential Candidate said: “Because I’m different, I am Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I have governed Lagos. I built a modern State that could be a country on its own. I’ve led an administration that is so prudent, from 600m from internally generated revenue, to 5bn a month. That’s a record. Nobody else can brag about that.
I’ve tested and tamed the Atlantic Ocean surge in Nigeria, that would have perished many people in Lagos. The infrastructural renewal of Lagos is excellent. I have continuity in Lagos.
“Buhari has done his best. I can’t run away from him being my friend. My leader in the party. I will not.”
WhenTinubu was further asked where his wealth comes from, he responded: “Because you’ve got to know how to analyse and how to ask questions, not in an accusatory format. Are they enemies of wealth? If they are not enemies of wealth, investments do yield.
“I have an example of Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the country, in America, and in the world. He started from stock buying and brokerages.
“I inherited great real estate. I turned the values around. I’m not denying my wealth. I’ve not been…I was the most investigated, the most accused governor in opposition, up to, you know, for eight years, and up to 2007. And since I’ve left the office. I’m still there, I’ve not taken any government appointment, no government contract.”
He also debunked speculation that he gets a share of revenues generated in Lagos State. “Share what?” Tinubu queried.
“Have they proven it? The World Bank, IMF have investigated the record in Lagos. What is wrong with them? It’s envy,” he stressed.
Asked who he would vote for among his major opponents, Abubakar Atiku and Peter Obi, if he was not running for President, Tinubu said “none”.
He explained that “…they are not as competent as any other person out there. They have no track record. None of them is qualified except me. “