The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has called on former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to contest for President in 2023 but should rather support a younger person from the South-East.
Okechikwu who is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was reacting to stories that the National Leader of the APC was getting set to run for the presidency going by recent comments credited to him.
In an interaction with newsmen in Abuja, Tinubu had stated that he would heed the call by Nigerians for him to run for President in 2023 and that he was still consulting widely and would come out with a position soon.
However, Okechukwu, in a statement on Sunday, said instead of putting himself forward, Tinubu should continue playing the kingmaker and statesman role by supporting and mentoring a young presidential aspirant from the southern part of the country.
“If I am 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 southeast,” Okechukwu said in the statement.
“It would be unstatesman like for a man like Tinubu to put himself forward at this time that the clamour for a South-East President is the loudest.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should rather pick and support a younger person from the South-East in 2023. By so doing, he would have further written his name in the annals of history.”