The major supporters and kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan have thrown their weight behind the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the 2023 election.
The supporters, who are members of the Citizens Network For Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPDN), explained that they are backing Tinubu, who they said, has the structures and capacity to win the elections after Jonathan declined to heed their persistent calls to contest the presidential election.
CNPDN was among the coalition of groups that called on Jonathan to join the APC presidential race in the build up to the party’s primary.
The coalition had also asked prominent southern leaders to prevail on Jonathan to join the race. However, Jonathan, who promised to consult widely reneged at the last minute.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja at the weekend, the National Secretary of the group, Mr Francis Okereke Wainwei, said they backing Tinubu after taking into consideration the declarations of both the APC Northern Governors’ Forum and that of the Southern Nigeria Governors’ Forum that the South should produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor for the sake of equity and fairness.
He said the group examined “the capacity, competence, political experience and nation-wide acceptability of the presidential candidates from southern Nigeria, and we discovered that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress tops the other candidates.
“Our choice of Bola Tinubu is strongly premised on his wealth of political experience, intellectual sagacity, a knack for identifying and recruiting competent people and the capacity to mobilize human and material resources for the accelerated and holistic development of the country.
“We believe strongly that the next president of this country should be someone who firmly believes in the philosophy of ‘building the people to build the nation’, he should be a people-oriented president.
“Tinubu fits perfectly for the kind of president Nigeria needs in the next dispensation,” Wanwei said.