Buhari May Prefer Fashola For 2023
ElevateNews takes a look at the stance of Fashola with Buhari.
The surprise most Nigerians may see ahead of the 2023 is that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu may not contest for the presidential seat.
The compass is pointing towards him as the best the Southwest can produce if the party will eventually go by its rotational policy.
His supporters have started preparing the soft ground for him even when he has not publicly declared his interest.
His body language and words have not even suggested that he will contest. But we know he is interested in that seat, no doubt.
Tinubu once said that it was to early to begin the debate on who would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari and that a younger, vibrant personality would be better for this country come 2023.
By then, Tinubu would be 69 or 70 and should not be drinking from the fountain of youths anymore.
Buhari who would have reached the octogenarian status but his worst shortcoming is his failure of not having succession plan.
This is where the APC will have serious problem. I do not see Buhari imposing somebody on the party but there is no doubt that he has developed strong love for the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN).
If one should judge by his closeness to some young political elites from the Southwest, Buhari will prefer the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN).
Beside the fact that Buhari had close rapport with the former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the president would prefer to entrust Nigeria in the hands of Fashola than Amosun.
Amosun’s temperament is not a good quality. He showed this during the 2019 governorship election that made the party to suspend him.
Fashola’s performance as a governor and current Minister of Works and Housing has so much endeared him to Buhari as the best man that can do the presidential work.
The minister has maintained his integrity and refused to dabble into internal politics that could spoil his chance if at all he has the ambition to run for the highest seat.
Last week Wednesday, Fashola shined like a star at the Federal Executive Council as he defended the budgets of his two in one ministry.
The members of the executive gave him resounding accolades after the presentation while Buhari beamed his lovely teeth and repeatedly nodded his head to affirm the excellent performance of Fashola.
The fact that Fashola managed the funds to build the second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria, Abuja-Okene and many others is enough to endorse him as a potential leader.
On housing, Fashola did not disappoint the FEC and Buhari. Being a lawyer and an eloquent one for that matter, Fashola dazed the members of the FEC.
However, these qualities are not enough to qualify Fashola for presidential seat when it comes to Nigeria politics where potential leaders are not usually measured by their performances but their financial capacity to wet the purse of the electorate and godfathers.
One thing President Buhari will not forget about Fashola is the minister’s aggressive support for him while campaigning for the 2015 presidential election.
Fashola led the team that brought Buhari to power in 2015 with his speech and personality.
Many Lagosians believed so much in Fashola at the time and could not jettison his words to bring in Buhari.