Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for president, has been characterized as a patriot who is not driven to win the next election to become the next leader of Nigeria.
Tolu Bankole, a member of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC), claimed that Tinubu’s outburst on the frustrating problems with petrol scarcity and the new naira note was evidence of his patriotism rather than his desperation to become president.
Bankole explained that the APC flagbearer is a patriot who cares about the welfare of the people in a statement he released on Friday in Abuja.
During “this key stage of our political experience,” he said, Tinubu’s actions were a blatant demonstration of his unmatched leadership.
The APC chieftain stated that “The strong position expressed by our party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a show of commitment to a better Nigeria and her endless possibilities.
“True patriotism implies a deep love for one’s country that not only desires the best for one’s fellow countrymen but also demands that the country should pursue its aims with honesty and empathy.
“He has displayed an ineffable love unequalled in the political history of the world. Asiwaju chose to empathise with the masses that have been subjected to untold hardship.
“The easier option by most party faithful would be to say yes or maintain silence to all government programmes no matter how discomforting for political correctness.
“The ability to confront and speak out against some policies of the government considered to be ‘anti-masses’ by Asiwaju should be applauded by all. Selflessness is exhibited at the most critical moment. Tinubu is not desperate to be President.
“This demonstration of pure heart, love for Nigerians, and commitment to improving welfare and well-being of all Nigerians will drive his Renewed Hope agenda to tame insecurity; tackle unemployment, and turn the economy around for shared prosperity.”
The APC flagbearer had commented a couple of days ago about how the lingering fuel crisis and the scarcity of the new naira notes can not stop his presidential ambition.