Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says with the “strong support” of the masses, he will win the 2023 presidential election.
The former Lagos State governor had announced on January 10, that he had informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his decision to contest the presidency.
Speaking at the Ibadan home of Rashidi Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo State on Saturday, Tinubu said he had received positive reactions from critical stakeholders on his interest in running for the presidency.
Tinubu had visited Ibadan to commiserate with Seyi Makinde, governor of the state, over the death of Jimoh Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomoso; Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan; and Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor of Oyo.
Tinubu said he was aware of the challenges ahead in his bid to contest, but expressed optimism that he would emerge victoriously.
“Life is a challenge and you must be ready to confront challenges and overcome. I have the confidence that I will overcome any form of challenge. I am sure I would face challenges and I have the confidence that I will overcome them,” he said.
“The reactions of critical stakeholders to my presidential ambition have been very positive, encouraging, and overwhelming and these have spurred me on with the strong conviction that we would succeed and emerge victorious after the election.
“Life itself is a challenge and I have the confidence and capacity to wade through challenges and overcome. We are forging ahead and with the strong support of the masses of Nigerians, we are going to achieve a resounding victory.”