The former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has spoken on the 2023 presidential ambition of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.
Lawal, who was sacked as SGF by Buhari government over his alleged involvement in the 2016 N500 million Grass-cutting scandal.
He said Bola Tinubu, who is also the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is the best man to replace President Muhammadu Buhari when his tenure ends in 2023.
The former SGF further explained that he believed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP, during the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar ,would have done better as Nigeria’s President, his (Atiku) political career is over in Adamawa State.
He also said it was not enough for the South East to keep crying over being marginalised, but has to stand up and work for it, if they want to produce a President.
According to him, “he knows Tinubu very well and not a matter of being a friend, adding that “My knowledge of him is that he will make an excellent president.”
He said that the former Lagos State Governor has demonstrated that he is a good leader.
According to him, Tinubu “was a good governor of Lagos State. That is why all his successors are working on his footprint.
“Even though some of them wanted to claim that they know, they found out that the structure he laid is a solid one.
“People can insult him, but every governor consistently builds on his structure to the extent that Lagos State has consistently produced the best governors in their dispensation starting from Tinubu, Fashola, Akinwunmi and Sanwo-Olu, who is just starting. ”
Lawal noted that another quality that Tinubu has which Nigerians must look at is the power of succession.
”There was a time in the Federal Executive Council of 36, Tinubu had four”.
According to him, “If you look at all other governors, the only one that handed over to his deputy was Zamfara and because he had no choice.”