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2023: Tinubu promotes excellence, capable of becoming Nigeria’s president -Abe



Former representative of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, has described former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as a promoter of excellence, saying he is capable and qualified to become Nigeria’s President in 2023.

Also, he said the National leader of the All Progressives Congress is one leader that places capacity and competence above loyalty in all his dealings.

Abe said this during a breakfast meeting with journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Tuesday.

He explained that the story of Lagos State and where it is today cannot be discussed without mentioning Tinubu.

Abe added, “The most important job of a leader is to pick people. If you look at the quality of people that Asiwaju picked and the way he promotes quality people in everything, they stand out.

“The one thing that has kept Africa where it is today is that leaders prefer loyalty above capacity and competence. Asiwaju is one of few leaders in Africa who picks capacity and competence above loyalty and promotes excellence in every way.

“So I think he is eminently qualified and other people who think they are qualified are also free to indicate their interest.”

While making a veiled reference to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Abe said Nigerians don’t want
anybody who does not like money to come near the presidency.

Recall that Amaechi has in several fora said he does not like money.

But Abe stated that “we need a leader at this point who understands money and knows how to generate money because that is the biggest problem in this country today.

“I think that of all those who have participated in the leadership of this country in recent times, Asiwaju is one person I know that has shown that he understands money.

“So anytime somebody comes and say I don’t like money, give me the country to run, know that the person is saying that he wants to cheat the rest of us.”

Reacting to those who said Tinubu was too old to occupy the plum office, Abe said age can never be an issue in leadership, adding that Tinubu is eminently qualified and has the party structure to become President.

“We all like the fact that he has gone to inform the President about his ambition to contest the 2023 presidential election. Nigerians will come out in their numbers to support Tinubu,” Abe said.

On his ambition to contest the governorship election in Rivers State in 2023, Abe, a chieftain of the APC, said he was still consulting and would soon make his intentions known to the Rivers people, adding that the leadership of the party in the state must do things differently for the party to regain its pride of place.

He expressed the need for political parties to deepen internal democracy so that every Nigerian irrespective of status can have a sense of belonging and benefit from the system.

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