A founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has said that he would support the the presidential bid of All Progressives Congress(APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in 2023.
Tinubu had on Wednesday visited the elder statesman at his residence in Abuja.
Speaking with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, Yakasai said that the former Lagos State Governor was at his Abuja residence to solicit his support for his (Tinubu’s) presidential ambition in the next general elections.
Though Tinubu is yet to declare his intention to contest any office in 2023, there have been reports and veiled indications that he might be interested in the exalted seat.
Tinubu, who celebrated his 69th birthday in March 2021 and commands arguably large following of political loyalists, has been reported to be nursing presidential ambition in 2023.
However, 96-year-old Yakasai said he had earmarked two politicians to support for Presidency in 2023.
He said he has no intention to join politics but he has the constitutional right to back any candidate of his choice.
Asked whether he planned to join the ruling APC after Tinubu’s visit, Yakassai said: “I don’t want to join any (political) party but I can support a candidate of my choice. I have said it way back in 1951 that I will not be a party member but I will support a candidate of my choice.”
On the APC leader’s visit, the elder statesman said: “He (Tinubu) just came to visit me but actually I have two of them (presidential aspirants) that I have earmarked right from the beginning and I made a vow that any one of them who came to ask for my support first is the person I would support. Tinubu is the first person.”
When asked whether Tinubu told him he would be contesting for President in 2021, Yakasai replied: “He (Tinubu)did and he asked for my support.”
Yakasai, however, said he didn’t disclose to Tinubu during the visit that he would support his ambition.
He also said that interested aspirants must first scale the hurdles of primary elections in their various political parties, saying,“then we will begin to compare them.”