Supporters of Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the aegis of Tinubu Support Group (TSG), have attacked Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, for asking Tinubu to drop his 2023 presidential ambition for younger politicians.
Bello had in an Interview published by Daily Trust on Sunday, advised the former Lagos governor to take the path of honour by stepping aside, saying “it is time for him to allow his children to take over the mantle of leadership”.
The Kogi governor has been tipped to contest the next presidential election.
There have also been reports that Tinubu is interested in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
However, both of them are yet to declare their intentions.
“Senator Tinubu is one of our leaders and I respect him so much. He has played a very significant role in Nigeria’s democracy and has built a lot of people. He has paid his dues, and with all respect as a son to him, my simple advice is that it is time for him to allow his children to take over the mantle of leadership. And let us do it to the glory of God and his admiration. He should see that those children he raised are now doing well. Let him see how we would manage this country in his lifetime,” he had said.
Provoked by Bello’s suggestion, the TSG said Bello’s poor performance as governor is an indication that he cannot be trusted with the highest office in the country.
The group, in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘Your failure in governance has betrayed the Not-too-young-to-Run Campaign-TSG replies Yahaya Bello,’ signed by its director-general, Umar Ibrahim, in Abuja, described the 46-year-old governor as a disgrace to Nigerian youths.
“All Nigerians can attest to the fact that Governor Bello of Kogi State is a disgrace to the Not-too-Young-to-Run campaign,” TSG said.
“How do we commit a great nation such as Nigeria to a so-called youthful governor who was given an opportunity to lead his state and he messed things up?
“It is on record that you, governor Bello, remain the governor with the highest number of months of unpaid salaries, and nonperformance despite the huge sums of both internal and federally-generated revenues.
“We advise that you channel all your efforts into begging and praying for forgiveness for all the sufferings you have inflicted on the good people of Kogi state rather than eyeing the presidency.”
The group insisted that Tinubu remained the most qualified and competent candidate to succeed Buhari.