Elder statesman and immediate past Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Mr Anthony Sani, has reacted to the declaration of former Lagos State Governor, Sen Ahmed Bola Tinubu to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Sani told Elanza News that Tinubu, who is a politician with structure, strategy and contact, has what it takes to contest.
“Tinubu is eminently qualified to contest for the highest position in this country,” Sani said, “This is because he is a politician who has what it takes by way of strategy and structure.”
The former spokesman of ACF who during his time, was seen as the face of the apex Northern Socio-cultural group, Sani recalled when Tinubu was governor, he was sure footed and far sighted enough to appoint into his cabinet commissioners from most of the states in South West whom he groomed to later become governors in their respective states.
“That strategy has enabled him to straddle his influence as leader of South West which places him in good stead to negotiate with other power blocks and secure some favorable terms.
“Besides the person of Mr President, I do not see any politician with such strategy and stratus or clout,” Sani said while rating Tinubu’s popularity.
“I am not a fan of politics of identity symbolized by region, ethnicity and religion that is divisive as it seeks to supplant itself on those of real issues of real concern to real ordinary Nigerians. As I said, such dividing lines and fissiparous tendencies include region, ethnicity and religion, besides gender and generation.
“And if we must include religion in the politics of identity, one expects a Christian president should emerge from the South that is predominantly populated by Christians.That way, two birds would be killed with one stone,” Sani said.
The elder statesman said if that is done, it will appease the regionalists and also the Christians.
“But as I have said, I respect Tinubu because he is politically both savant and savvy, and so has all it takes to be president save for the religious balancing factor,” Sani added.