Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, a Group, South East for Tinubu (SET), has thrown its weight behind the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on his presidential ambition.
This was communicated by the group’s convener, Nwosu Emmanuel, in Awka after its inaugural meeting yesterday.
He noted that Tinubu would receive massive support in the South-east and South-south in the coming race. He added that SET has begun preaching and mobilizing through public enlightenment and persuasion for Tinubu to win the hearts of voters in the region.
Nwosu noted that Tinubu has paid his dues in Nigerian politics and would win more votes in the presidential race in the Southeast and Southsouth than any other candidate that had contested.
According to him, “There is no politician in this country that has recorded the feat Tinubu has recorded in politics. He is a builder of men and resources. In Lagos, he laid a master plan, midwife, and engineered it, and Lagos became what it is today.
“Tinubu is the only politician in Nigeria that has mentored the highest number of politicians, strategically pooling them, placing them in strategic positions, and giving them wings to fly.
“He kept helping others to become what they wanted to become while his contemporaries were busy contesting the presidential position. This is the kind of leader that will build Nigeria and its people.
“APC has zoned the presidency to the South. As we speak, there is seemingly bad blood between the Southeast and other regions. For that reason, it will be foolhardy for any Southeasterner to think that an average Northerner will support or vote for a Southeast candidate in 2023.
“An average Northerner still believes that a Southeasterner hates him. He looks at an average Southeasterner with suspicion, especially because of the agitation for secession.
“The Southeast, as a matter of right and necessity, should be given the opportunity to produce the country’s president in 2023. Unfortunately, the political calculation is not automatic. As it stands, Southeast has not got a solid handshake with others that will help it produce the president.
“It is our belief that Tinubu is the most qualified for the president, and Northerners are already mobilizing for him. If the Southeast also gives its support, it will succeed in building good alliances, friendship, and bonding that will make others accept and support its candidate in the next opportunity.
“Instead of agitations, the Southeast should start to negotiate, build friendship and alliances, to grab future opportunities,” he added.