The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said that, unlike the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar who lives mainly in Dubai, he will not be a part-time President who will share his time between living in Dubai and Nigeria.
According to Tinubu in an interactive session today, October 23 with members of the Tijjaniyyah sect in in Kano, he would concentrate his attention and energy on confronting and surmounting Nigeria’s pressing challenges.
A statement by Media aide, Tunde Rahman said that top on the list of Tinubu agenda for the country are improved electricity, full security, giving agriculture full attention, including provision and completion of dams and improved quality education for Nigerians.
The statement quoted Tinubu as saying: “I promise to devote 100% of my time and energy to serving Nigeria. You will have it better with me, not 50% in Dubai in the United Arab Emirate, 50% in Nigeria.”
At the meeting, members of the Tijjaniyyah sect, led by Sheikh Bashir Tijjani Usman Zangon Bareebah, presented a long list of issues the sect wants the APC Presidential candidate to address when he gets to office.
In attendance at the session held inside the African Hall of Kano Government House were his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, and at least six governors of the party.
Governors at the session included Chairman Progressives Governors’ Forum & Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Babajide Sanwo-olu (Lagos), former APC Interim Chairman Chief Bisi Akande and some of the party’s National Working Committee members (NWC).
While declaring support to the APC presidential ambition, the sect demanded that the Tinubu presidency should ensure inclusion of their members in cabinet and other government appointments, reduction in Hajj fares and assistance in concluding Tijjaniyyah University under construction in Kano.
In his response, Tinubu said that the answers to some of their demands were contained in his manifesto which was unveiled last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that he is contesting to be the president because of his commitment to better the lives of all Nigerians.
In a similar development, the APC Presidential candidate met with business leaders from Northern Nigeria yesterday night in Kano where he assured the business community of a better business environment through implementation of well thought-out policies that would revive dead and ailing manufacturing companies in Kano and across the country.
At a forum to share insights with the Northern business community, business leaders and captains of industry from across the North openly endorsed the APC presidential candidate and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.