2023: No APC member can stop Tinubu from contesting presidency, says Babachir Lawal/ Babachir Lawal

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, says no member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) can stop national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, from contesting for presidency in 2023.

The former governor of Lagos State has continued to make the headlines with rumours that he is nursing Presidential ambition in 2023 thickening. 

Although Tinubu had consistently denied such speculations, the rumours have refused to die down.

In an interview with PUNCH, Lawal said every member of the ruling party has equal chances of contesting for the country's topmost political office.

The former SGF added that those who fuelled the removal of the party's former Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, did so in an attempt to rubbish Tinubu's rumoured Presidential interest.

His words: “Those who wanted Adams Oshiohmole out are more desperate because of 2023 because as a national chairman of a party, from my our own observation, there’s very little he could do to favour or impose a presidential candidate on his party.

“Except we want to bring the wrath of God on our heads, because of his role in building the party, equity and a sense of justice demand that he be given a chance in a free and fair system and let his luck prevail.

“Nobody with a clear conscience in the APC will deny Tinubu the opportunity to contest the Presidency. Nobody within the party has the moral right to even put a stumbling block on his path. The party must create an environment that is free and fair for anybody who wants to contest, including Bola Tinubu. Let the delegates, who must have emerged through a similarly free and fair process, decide who they want to vote for.”

Lawal went on to canvass zoning of power to the south ahead of the forthcoming presidential election to ensure equity in power distribution.

He added: “A just and equitable way of doing things is to agree, as gentlemen, that since the North has had its President for the second tenure, the opportunity should be given to the South to produce the next President.

“By the way, what did we get from several years of governance with the Presidency being from the North? Since the demise of General Sani Abacha, the country has been into crises of insecurity and poor economy.

“Along the line, we have also had vice-presidents who were northerners. We have had presidents who were northerners but for whatever reason, the system is not improving. Presidency from the North is like an albatross around our neck.”