A group, under the aegis of Tinubu Support Organisation (TSO), has expressed its confidence over last weekend’s defeat of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Osun governorship election.
The group stated that the outcome of the election will not affect the chances of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the next year’s presidential election.
Mr AbdulAzeez Oniyangi, the Coordinator of the organisation in North-Central, told reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, on Tuesday, during eid dinner.
Mr Oniyangi also described the dispute over Tinubu’s choice of Muslim-Muslim ticket as unnecessary and distracting.
Oniyangi said: “Asiwaju Tinubu’s accountability measurement is entirely different from the state government’s measurement. Asiwaju is not going to be rated on the success or failure of any state government, but on his records especially when he was the governor of Lagos State.
“I am very confident that the defeat of APC in Osun will not have any negative effect on the chances of our presidential candidate in 2023. For me, the Osun state election was about the accountability and performance of the Governor.
“Tinubu is measured on his performance and past records. There is a difference between the two and the narratives have not changed. Tinubu has the capacity, capability, constituency, commitment and creativity to coast home to victory at the 2023 presidential polls.”
On the Muslim-Muslim ticket, the TSO coordinator said that politics is about numbers and the best way out is to devise a strategy of winning.
“It is about numbers. The most advanced political system in Nigeria is in the northern region. The Southwest is known for education and South East for industrialization,” Oniyangi added.
He added the opposition is threatened by the choice of Shettima as Tinubu’s running mate.
“When Tinubu initially chose Masari as his running mate nobody was talking about the same faith ticket. But when he brought Shettima who is a threat to the opposition in numbers, they are saying it is a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“The ticket is the right thing for us and it has shaken the opposition and they are worried. The combination is a perfect one.
“In as much as we are sensitive to religion, but religion will not put food on the table of Nigerians. It’s somebody competent of running the economy efficiently and put food on the table of Nigerians that matters,” he said.
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