The immediate-past Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has expressed his preference for National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,instead of his kinsman Atiku Abubakar as the best man to replace President Muhammadu Buhari when his tenure ends in 2023.
Lawal said that though the former vice president would have done better as President but maintained that his political relevance in his native Adamawa state has ended.
Speaking further on the former vice president he said,”Atiku is not my friend.He is too senior in age and position as vice president to be my friend though I managed to become secretary to federal government for two years.so he cannot be my friend.
He however said he gets along with the former vice president adding,”I like the guy.I used to tell people that as an indigene of Adamawa state,and if not be cause I am commited to other candidates that I feel he will do better,I would’ve probably have worked for him”.
Lawal also said it was not enough for the South East to keep crying over being marginalised, but has to stand up and work for it, if they want to produce a President.
Lawal, who was sacked as SGF over his alleged involvement in the 2016 N500 million Grass-cutting scandal, said he knows Tinubu very well and not a matter of being a friend, adding that “My knowledge of him is that he will make an excellent president.”
He said that the former Lagos State Governor has demonstrated that he is a good leader.
According to him, Tinubu “was a good governor of Lagos State. That is why all his successors are working on his footprint.
Even though some of them wanted to claim that they know, they found out that the structure he laid is a solid one.
“People can insult him, but every governor consistently builds on his structure to the extent that Lagos State has consistently produced the best governors in their dispensation starting from Tinubu, Fashola, Akinwunmi and Sanwo-Olu, who is just starting. ”
Lawal noted that another quality that Tinubu has which Nigerians must look at is the power of succession.
There was a time in the Federal Executive Council of 36, Tinubu had four”.
According to him, “If you look at all other governors, the only one that handed over to his deputy was Zamfara and because he had no choice.”
“I am advocating that the best man should take over from Buhari. And for now that best man is Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is from the Southwest by coincidence,” he added.