All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Sunday, declared that he will not be a part-time president if elected next year spending half of the time in Dubai and another half in Nigeria in what many saw as a direct attack at his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP rival, Atiku Abubakar.
He also promised to devote 100 per cent of his time and energy in the service of Nigeria and the people.
Tinubu equally assured that he will not be like others that will share his time shuttling between living in Dubai and Nigeria, adding that he would concentrate his attention and energy on confronting and surmounting Nigeria’s pressing challenges.
Asiwaju, in a statement issued by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu Media Office, gave the assurance in Kano at an interactive session with members of the popular Tijjaniyyah sect.
In attendance at the session held inside Kano Government House were his running mate, Kashim Shettima, and at least six Progressive Governors like Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Babajide Sanwo-olu (Lagos), former APC Interim Chairman, Bisi Akande and some of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members.
Members of the Tijjaniyyah sect led by leader, Sheikh Bashir Tijjani Usman Zangon Bareebah, presented a long list of issues, during the meeting, the sect wants the APC presidential candidate to address when he gets to office.
Top on the list includes improved electricity, full security, giving agriculture full attention including provision and completion of dams and improved quality education for Nigerians.
Responding, Tinubu argued that the answers to some of the demands were contained in his manifesto that has been unfolded to the whole world last week by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He stressed that he is running to be president because of his commitment to better the lives of all Nigerians.
While assuring the northern business leaders of better business environment with well-thought-out policies that will revitalise industries and open up new opportunities, Tinubu identified the link between Kano as a centre of commerce and his economic plan for Nigeria.
He said: “I promise to devote 100 per cent of my time and energy to serving Nigeria. You will have it better with me, not 50 per cent in Dubai in the United Arab Emirate, 50 per cent in Nigeria,” Tinubu said in an unpretentious hit at his PDP rival who has been accused rightly or wrongly of spending most of his time in Dubai.
“There is a strong nexus between the place of Kano as a centre of prosperity and my plan for Nigeria. What I pledge is a revamped economy which will renew the hope of our people. Our country needs multiple centres of prosperity, and we intend to achieve that by adding value across all sectors of our economy.
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