“It will be too risky to support Tinubu or any other person for Presidency before 2023”
President Muhammadu Buhari says his visit to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London is not an endorsement of his presidential aspiration for the 2023 poll.
Rather, he said it was a “goodwill visit” as Tinubu had reportedly undergone surgery and has been unwell.
Persecondnews recalls that Buhari who was in London for about two weeks for medical check up, had visited Tinubu at his London home on August 12.
Tinubu was spotted in the picture he took with the president using a walking stick.
Buhari, who arrived in Abuja on Friday from the London trip, spoke through his media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina:“That meeting actually happened, but it is all about goodwill and best wishes.
“We know that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had been in London about the same time the president was there.”
According to the spokesperson, it will be too risky for President Muhammadu Buhari to support Tinubu or any other person for Presidency before 2023.
“The president himself will dare not to endorse any candidate at the moment,” Adesina said during an interview with Channels Television.
“Like you said, we don’t believe what we read in social media but we have read a lot about Asiwaju Tinubu’s health, so the president’s visit was a goodwill visit.
“The president still has two years less than three months in his tenure of office. So, for him to start supporting somebody now will just be like jumping the gun and you know that President Buhari will never do that.
“Before the 2019 election, people began to campaign for him before INEC blew the whistle for the campaign to start. He was the one who came out to say ‘no, don’t do it; don’t jump the gun’.
“The president himself will dare not jump the gun in terms of supporting one candidate or the other.
“Also, recall that he had said anybody that wants to be president after him should go out and work,” Adesina said.
On the appropriate time for Buhari to support APC candidate for the 2023 presidential race, he said: “That means the president may not be supporting anybody until maybe perhaps a candidate of the party emerges.
“Knowing President Buhari, he will never jump the gun.”