The Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Mr Osita Okechukwu, has asked National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to shelve his 2023 presidential ambition and support a candidate from the South East.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State recently told newsmen that he would not turn down request by some Nigerians to run for the presidency in 2023,adding that he is still making consultations across the country after which he would make his intention known.
But Okechukwu in a statement on Sunday, said Tinubu should rather pick a young presidential aspirant from the South East and support the person.
“If one is consulted by our national leader, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on whether he should run or not for the exalted office of the President of Nigeria in 2023, my candid advice will be that he should use his abundant Almighty God’s endowment to unite the APC and unite the South and by extension our beloved country, by backing a candidate from the South East,” Okechukwu said.
He explained that supporting a young aspirant from the South would unite the region, adding that some Northerners feel reluctant to support the South because of the perceived lack of unity.
The VON DG said it would be statesmanlike for Tinubu to be a Kingmaker than throwing his hat into the ring.