Elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has said Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), recently visited him to solicit support for his presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu had on Wednesday visited the elder statesman at his Abuja residence.
Although Tinubu is yet to declare his intention to contest any office in 2023, Yakasai confirmed in an interview that the former two-term Lagos State governor would contest the 2023 presidential election.
Yakasai, a founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum, indicated that he will support the APC National Leader, noting that he is one of the two persons he identified as being potential presidential candidates for the election in two years time.
“He (Tinubu) just came to visit me but actually I have two of them (presidential aspirants) that I have earmarked right from the beginning and I made a vow that any one of them who came to ask for my support first is the person I would support. Tinubu is the first person,” Yakasai told the Punch.
When asked whether Tinubu told him he would be contesting for President in 2021, the elder statesman said: “He (Tinubu) did and he asked for my support.”
He said although he did not disclose to Tinubu that he would support his ambition during the visit.
On whether he plans to join the ruling party after Tinubu’s visit, Yakassai said: “I don’t want to join any (political) party but I can support a candidate of my choice. I have said it way back in 1951 that I will not be a party member but I will support a candidate of my choice.”