An elder statesman and founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has thrown his weight behind the rumoured 2023 presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the PUNCH reports.
Tinubu had on Wednesday visited the elder statesman at his Abuja residence.
According to the report, Yakasai said that the ex-governor of Lagos was at his Abuja residence to solicit his support for his (Tinubu’s) presidential ambition in the next general elections.
Yakasai, who spoke the PUNCH in an interview on Friday, said he had earmarked two politicians to support for the Presidency in 2023, adding that though he has no intention to join politics, he has the constitutional right to back any candidate of his choice.
On whether he planned to join the ruling party after Tinubu’s visit, Yakassai said: “I don’t want to join any (political) party but I can support a candidate of my choice. I have said it way back in 1951 that I will not be a party member but I will support a candidate of my choice.”
Speaking further on Tinubu’s visit, Yakasai said: “He (Tinubu) just came to visit me but actually I have two of them (presidential aspirants) that I have earmarked right from the beginning and I made a vow that any one of them who came to ask for my support first is the person I would support. Tinubu is the first person.”
The 96-year-old elder statesman also confirmed that the former Lagos State Governor told he wants to contest and asked for his support.
“He (Tinubu) did and he asked for my support”, he said.
Yakasai, however, said he didn’t disclose to Tinubu, during the visit, that he would support his ambition, adding that interested aspirants must first scale the hurdles of primary elections in their various political parties “then we will begin to compare them.”