The Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof Ishaq Akintola, has said the just elected presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is an outstanding politician who is second to none among the presidential aspirants of the party.
Akintola said this on Wednesday while congratulating Tinubu, who polled 1271 votes to emerge as the APC Presidential candidate on Wednesday in Abuja.
Speaking to Vanguard, Akintola congratulated Tinubu and advised him to be noble and modest in victory.
The Islamic cleric expressed gratification over the emergence of the APC national leader to contest the presidential election next year, adding that other contestants under the ruling party are not to be vilified.
Akintola, a proponent of Yoruba Muslim President in 2023, said: “It is a sweet victory, and nothing could have been better than this. Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has proved his capacity, he has proved his popularity, he has proved his performance, and he has demonstrated his political experience.
“We don’t want to denigrate any personality, but I must affirm that, in this group, among those who contested against him, Bola Tinubu is nulli secondus. Tinubu has proved as a Yoruba from the South West that nobody can push him aside regarding politics.
“We feel gratified. We feel satisfied that our project of wanting a Yoruba Muslim as President in this country by 2023 is coming to fruition. It may not be Uhuru yet, but at least we are almost there by emerging as the Presidential candidate, and that golden opportunity is already on the way. We want to congratulate him, and we want him to be magnanimous in victory and to be humble in triumph.”
When asked if Tinubu could defeat the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election, Akintola said: “That is futuristic. We don’t look into the future. What we do is we continue to pray and work. Ora et Labora, which is work and pray, is our policy. And we will be optimistic. We rely on Allah, and we know that he will not disappoint us.”