By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Details have emerged about what transpired during the screening of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader and presidential hopeful, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In the video recorded from his screening on Monday evening and circulated on social media, Tinubu was questioned about his educational background and plans for Nigeria’s development by the party’s presidential screening panel on Monday.
In the videos, Tinubu boasted about his initiatives in Lagos and how he helped Nigeria develop its telecommunication sector.
He also defended why he is qualified to be Nigeria’s president, following the controversies surrounding his age and educational background.
The screening panel was chaired by a former national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The former Lagos governor told the panel that there are three highways to development that Nigeria must prioritise.
“There are three highways in the development of a nation. If you have gas or supplying diesel, electricity transmission is also a highway and communication.
“I could remember that I brought Eron to this nation. Telecommunication is now a success today in Nigeria. I brought Econet. I helped them, they now want to adopt 5G, we started it.
“Nigeria is rich. The essence of our livelihood must be placed on short-term, and medium-term values. They must produce values for us,” he said.
The presidential aspirant also recommended the development of Nigeria’s commodity market.
According to him, he had facilitated presentations to the Federal Government in that regard.
While encouraging Nigeria to establish commodity exchange, Tinubu said: “Primary and secondary seedlings must not be underdeveloped. Keep your silos during every production, save your products in the silos and dry them, keep the surplus, you can never lose.”
Also a statement issued on Tuesday by the Director, Media and Communication, Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Bayo Onanuga, stated that: “Tinubu impressed the panel during the screening process with the way and manner he answered and provided insight into many of the questions asked.”
“Some of the questions bordered on his upbringing, educational and professional background.
“He confidently told the panel why he is qualified to fly the flag of APC as its presidential candidate.
“He cited his success as governor of Lagos State, raising the state’s internal revenue generation from a paltry N600 million monthly, which has now grown to N51 billion today.
“He also cited his invitation to Enron to begin the first state-backed power generation in Nigeria and spoke on how Nigeria will need to treat the power transmission lines as a highway.
“Tinubu in his answers demonstrated vast knowledge in economic management and a perfect understanding of Nigeria’s political economy.
“The screening committee expressed satisfaction with Tinubu’s knowledge of the economy and sociopolitical issues that are affecting the country,” the statement added.
Apart from Tinubu, other presidential aspirants screened on Monday include former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi; Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru; and former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Others were Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi; Felix Nicholas; Senator Ajayi Borroffice; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohaneye; and former governor of Zamfara State, Sani Yerima.