Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, second republic politician has said Tinubu presidency will return Nigeria to full democracy.
Newsonline reports that the Liaison Officer to President Shehu Shagari made the statement in his congratulatory letter to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Alhaji Yakassai said the winning of Tinubu at the APC primary election was a good development for the country democracy since the return to civilian rule in 1999.
“The election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the APC Presidential Bearer is indeed an important political development in our country.
“This transition will lead us to a full pledge democracy, a milestone of an acclaimed figure and political Juggernaut of the APC National Leader to a National Leader of Nigeria.
“When Asiwaju, a sage, is eventually elected as the President of the country in the forthcoming Presidential Elections, history shall be made in our contemporary political development for a number of reasons.”
Yakassai continued that the decision of the two major political parties to field civilians who have not been in military is showing a complete departure of the country from military influenced politics.
“It is gratifying to note that this is the first time the major Political Parties are fielding non military actors as their Presidential flag bearers.
“Paramount and if elected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju’s election victory will signify the complete and total break away from military influence in our polity which will bring about the return of the country to a full pledge democratic tradition and practice for the first time since the return of civilian rule in 1999.
“It will also constitute a stamp of validation of the 1914 amalgamation of the people of Northern and Southern protectorates by the entire people of Nigeria on their own free will.”
The elder statesman called on the presidential candidates in the 2023 general election to play the game according to rule.
He advised that all candidates should eschew violence and thuggery and play issue based campaign.
Alhaji Yakassai said, “therefore it is important to appeal to all candidates vying for various political positions in the country to commit themselves to the principles of playing politics according to the rule of the game, eschew politics of bitterness, violence and do away with culture of thuggery in our political activism and return the country to the path of civility in the conduct of partisan politics.”
Newsonline had reported that Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former governor Lagos state clinched the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress, beating close rivals, Rotimi Amaechi, and Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president. Read more.