Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former minister of works, has said Nigeria needs an individual like Tinubu who has paid his dues in democracy to run for presidency in 2023.
Ogunlewe, who spoke on an Arise Television programme on Tuesday, said Tinubu is the appropriate person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Campaign posters of the former Lagos State governor have surfaced in some parts of the country, though he has not come out to formally declare interest.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who has been in London for medical treatment, has been visited by some members of the party in recent weeks.
Ogunlewe, who is also an APC chieftain in Lagos, appealed to Tinubu to declare his interest in the 2023 presidential election.
He said a campaign team will be launched in Lagos on Thursday, to kick-start the activities of his participation as a candidate in the 2023 election.
“We need a thinker and someone who has paid his dues in the struggle for democracy, and we’re appealing to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to come out and participate,” Ogunlewe said.
“It is not going to be easy, it is not going to be a dash. He has to struggle, participate and convince people that he is available to serve.
“On Thursday, we will launch the Lagos faction of his campaign team, so that everybody would be aware of his intention to contest. Then we move from there to participate in the national convention, where they are going to choose the flagbearer of the party.
“He is sick but he’s getting better on a daily basis. He has more time to recuperate and come back to tell us whether he accepts to run or not, but definitely, he has not said so.
“We are just thinking he’s the appropriate person to run for the presidency of Nigeria.”