Former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu has warned the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, against running for president in 2023.
According to him, Tinubu’s quest to takeover power from President Muhammadu Buhari will erode the political gains he made so far.
He urged the APC national leader to rather support vice president Yemi Osinbajo to succeed President Buhari.
Aye, who also served in three different portfolios as minister in the cabinet of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, also expressed worry that Tinubu has aligned himself with the ‘most backward forces’ in Nigeria’s political history.
He said the political group which he has aligned himself with, will soon turn against him.
“Bola Tinubu is my brother, an excellent man, politically clever and hardworking. He has been very successful in his private life.
“But I think like I said in one of my earlier interviews, he has aligned himself with the most backward forces in Nigeria’s political history.
“Rather than liberal and progressive wing of the north, this right wing group he is working with will soon turn against him and destroy him.
“His (Tinubu’s) ambition which is becoming blind will contribute to that self-destruction. He will lose most of what he has gained as a political leader.
“If he has my opinion, I will advise him to continue to play the role of a political leader, but not aspiring to be a government leader.
“He should promote and support the candidature of Yemi Osinbajo, who is obviously an intelligent and competent person,” the ex- Senate President told Nigerian Tribune.