As the 2023 elections draw near, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman, North West, Salihu Lukman has said that “the advantage” Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling party, has over other frontline candidates, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso, is that he is a one-party man.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that according to Lukman, this “means some higher level of integrity and trust worthiness”.
Speaking in an interview in Abuja recently, Lukman said Tinubu’s pedigree stands him out from his opponents.
“No doubt Atiku, Kwankwaso, Peter Obi are respected people in politics. I will not toe the line of dismissing them. But like I said, in terms of edge and in terms of campaign, the advantage our candidate has is that he’s not a regular election merchant,” Lukman said.
“The last time he appeared on the ballot was in 2003. Unlike the other candidates you mentioned, he has never left the party for any other party. Which for me means some higher level of integrity and trust worthiness.
“Now it is up to Nigerians to make their conclusion. That does not stop Nigerians from making choices they want, democracy is about making choices, but our business as a political party and political leaders is to promote our candidate and engage the competition in a way that people acknowledge and recognise their differences.
“When I talk of our candidate not being an election merchant, he also has another advantage. He has been on the advocacy platform, even before democracy. The other candidates were not there.”