With less than one month to the 2023 presidential election, a regional body in Nigeria, the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has declared support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the forthcoming general elections.
The group has stated that it is convinced that the track record of the former Governor of Lagos State, his detribalized disposition, his resourceful capacity for good management and his love for humanity stand him out, stressing that Tinubu has the capacity to lift Nigeria from the doldrums..
The elders in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday and signed by the Secretary-General, Chief Oladipo Oyewole, stated that they are watching the continued development with concern and expect the government to be more proactive in speedily resolving the serious issues in the interest of the citizens and not to, in any way, mar the fast approaching general elections, even as they expressed concern over the ethnic colouration being introduced into presidential electioneering in Nigeria.
According to the statement, the elders believe that it is unethical and dangerous for the zoning arrangement which has long been in use by politicians for ethnic balancing among the diverse entities constituting Nigeria to be continuously manipulated by any group at its whims and caprices.
“In the opinion of the elders, only an experienced, well-tested, courageous, and generally acceptable Nigeria citizen can halt the seeming drift into disintegration which the country has been drifting for the past years,” YCE stated.
The group added, “Yoruba Council of Elders assert that the Yoruba, as a major stakeholder in the Nigeria enterprise, should not be pushed aside in the politics of the nation, noting that the phenomenon of foisting unprepared, weak and incompetent leaders on hapless Nigerians through the constant machinations of inveterate Yoruba ill-wishers will not be tolerated again.
“The Yoruba Council of Elders declares its full support for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s quest to become the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are convinced that his track record as a former Governor of Lagos State, his detribalized disposition, his resourceful capacity to manage well, and his love for humanity stand him out to lift our country from the precipice in which it has been dangling.
While expressing understanding of the charged atmosphere surrounding the scarcity of fuel and new currency issue, the YCE called on all for restraint, urging everyone to be patient and allow the federal government resolves the problems as promised by the President.
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