The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu has said that he is still in search of his running mate with whom he prays, he will work as good partners.
“I will need to learn from both of you, how you made the pair work because I’m still searching for my running mate,”
Tinubu who spoke today, June 26 in Abuja at the 60th birthday celebration of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, savored the smooth working relationship between Gbajabiamila and his Deputy, Hon Idris Wase, saying that they are reliable allies.
“As a Minority Leader, he consults wide and he’s always there to see the thinking of opposition, that we must bring a revolution to the house to be able to beat the PDP.
“And then, he will brainstorm for any length of time that you want a lecture about political strategy.
“When we need to challenge for the position of the speaker, I think after our merger he worked me tirelessly; Femi is a workaholic. The problem of failure stared him at the face, he lost the election to become the Speaker.
“I was close to tears, standing my foot to the ground, we will win again, Femi, keep on, pick yourself up. I am very proud of what you did, you didn’t give up. You did the opposition and the support job. You demonstrated what we learnt from the textbooks, and other authors.
“That life is not about education of one section of the society. Remember what we discussed about paying the WAEC fee of Omo Iya Oniboli (the Son of the Woman who roasts plantain), and my Mum was alive then, asking me to see to it each time I have her money, it doesn’t last.
“And I said whatever you do with the money I don’t know. Mama will say no, those women there are mothers, they want to pay WAEC fees. And Femi was one of the first I consulted that paying? Are we going to say that the children of the poor are not deserving of becoming Governors, Doctors and Engineers? I said I was afraid, he said to do it. So that is how a junior brother can inspire a senior leader.
“Femi with your determination, reach you are a contributor to our democratic growth, thank you. Character, a great …it’s about charting a path to success, you’ve done a good job and I say thank you, thank you.
“What you did during my primary (Presidential election) is a story for another day. I’ve spent more time, too many times and people might be bored, they might be envious too, they might be jealous. I won by a landslide, I thank you.
“I could see a Deputy (Wase) sitting down there too, you are a very good symbol of unity, dependability, and honesty, thank you. Thank you for both of you, you’ve not rocked the boat. I will need to learn from both of you, how you made the pair work because I’m still searching for my Running Mate,” Tinubu said.
In his remarks, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila advised Asiwaju Tinubu to take his time in choosing his running mate, adding: “as a parting shot, I will like to say you should consult with his younger Brother (Gbajabiamila), but this time it won’t be for free.”