The National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC and presidential aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said his meeting with the governors on the platform of the party was to seek their support.
Tinubu met with the governors shortly after the Vice president Yemi Osibanjo declared his intention to contest for the party ticket.
This could be a very damaging blow to the ambition of the vice president whom many sees as the political godson of Tinubu and his obvious benefactor.
Analysts believe that most governors would likely support a Tinubu with strong political platform than throw their weight with an untested politician.
Osinbajo had met with governors on the platform of the party on Sunday where he told them of his intension.
Speaking after meeting with the governors on Monday, Tinubu said “My mission here is to seek collaboration, support, and encouragement of my party, the APC, for my ambition to become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a replacement for President Muhammadu Buhari after his tenure,” he said.
When asked about Osinbajo’s declaration and 2023 ambition, Tinubu said, “I don’t have any son grown up enough to make such a declaration.”
He added, “The fact that we have people in our party that express desire to lead the party into the highest office in the electoral contest shows how much this our party has resonated with Nigerians and our party members.”
Speaking on the purpose of the meeting, Bagudu said Tinubu met the governors to formally brief them on his intention to lead Nigeria after Buhari’s regime in 2023.
“He met members of the PGF and stated what he has said publicly, his intention to seek the office of the President come 2023 which he had already announced before now.
“He briefed us on his reasons, thinking, and message. The governors graciously listened to him to digest everything he said. He acknowledged the role of the governors in the last convention of the party by helping in the evolution of the leadership that is acceptable and widely acknowledged by all party members.”
Bagudu noted that he responded on behalf of the governors and assured the presidential aspirant that they (governors) would discuss the matter during their meeting and make informed decision on his message.