IPSO back Tinubu for 2023 presidential ambition
Ahead of 2023, a politically inclined group, Incoming President Support Organization (IPSO) has pledged to mobilise maximum support for All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to become the country’s next president.
IPSO, a sub-group with a hundred per cent membership drawn from the ruling APC has also canvassed support for power shift to the Southern region of the country.
National Coordinator of IPSO, Alh. Tajo Mohammad Nagoda, made the declaration at the inauguration of the Northwestern states executive members of IPSO in Kano.
Nagoda, who maintained the readiness of IPSO to lead the campaign at APC presidential primaries ensuring Asiwaju click the party’s ticket, gave the assurance of over 10 million votes for their preferred candidate in the Northwest alone.
Although the convener disclosed that IPSO’s agenda, under the founder, Chief Murtala Tela Awolola, is to deliver APC presidential candidate to Nigeria in 2023, he, however, stressed that Tinubu remains the only tested candidate in the south that could be entrusted with leadership responsibilities.
Reacting to the implication of the recent passage of direct primaries for the process of selecting political parties candidates at the National Assembly, Nagoda said the idea is welcome despite the inconvenience it might trigger in some quarters.
While mulling the possibility of tension such actions would have generated within the party hierarchy, Nagoda declared that IPSO was not disturbed by the resolution of the senate because Asiwaju remain a universal candidate that would weather the storm and emerge under any form of primary.
Highlighting the justification for their support for Tinubu, the national coordinator of the group explained that the former Lagos State governor has built a network of national integration and cohesion, which truly exemplified him as a unifying factor in Nigerian politics.
He stressed that Tinubu was not only responsible as the architect of the modern Lagos megacity, but has also built and mentored leaders across the spectrum who are today’s political leaders and captains of industries.
Besides, Nagoda revealed that support for Tinubu essentially from the North became necessary to reciprocate support that he garnered for President Muhammad Buhari to become president in 2015.
“Support for Tinubu this time is payback, especially for we the Northerners. Our choice and support for Tinubu are to reciprocate the solid support he gave to our own President Muhammad Buhari. We are all living witness to how many times baba Buhari contested for the presidency and could not succeed until he got the full support of Tinubu who worked round the clock to deliver Southwest votes.
“Again, the track records of Tinubu and the developmental stride he made as Governor of Lagos and national bridge builder are enough reasons to mobilise maximum support for him. The foundation and template upon which Lagos is built today were initiated by Tinubu. He has built and mentored political leaders including governors, ministers, and many other leadership positions you can name.
“Tinubu has made a lot of sacrifice to the extent of relinquishing his rightful benefit to someone else. He nominated the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, he nominated Babatunde Fashola, Kayode Fayemi, Rauf Aregbeshola and several top-ranking members of this administration, including those who are not even from the Southwest. You can lose count of those Asiwaju helped to get the nomination and elected into the National Assembly. So that is why we wanted APC to consider him to flag the party’s ticket come 2023.
“We are also in full support of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to run side by side with Asiwaju because we believe Nigeria is ripe above and beyond religion sentiment. We have had it before and nothing stops us to do that again. Let me also use this medium to beg our people to make sure they get registered in order to secure their voter’s cards.
“Those above the age of 18 years and anyone with issues with their cards should go and do the registration. You can’t vote without a card and you must not complain if you don’t vote. We must make the decision to make our own input in the leadership selection process because that is the only electoral process we have to choose who is our leader,” Nagoda explained.
He advised new executive members appointed to lead the political campaign and other activities in IPSO to remain committed and dedicated to the objectives of the organisation. The leaders were drawn from Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and other states in the region.