Sunday MARCH 28,2021
A former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is the only politician from the South-West region that can defeat former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 Presidential race.
There are indications that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress is eyeing the country’s number one seat but he has not declared interest yet.
Okupe, in a series of tweets on Sunday, said Tinubu remains a formidable opponent but he can send him out of the race.
” I personally see Bola Tinubu as a formidable opponent in the 2023 presidential race.
Asiwaju is one of the most politically sagacious politicians in this period. His acumen and administrative competence are worthy of commendation.
“In summary, Asiwaju will be a good President for Nigeria. However, I believe I have a slight edge over him in that I understand national and Presidential politics more than him and in terms of intellectual resourcefulness we are at par if I am not better.
“But Bola Ahmed Tinubu is coming in from the wrong party where he has such powerful antagonists that have the capacity to stop him. The flagrant excesses of his party to which he never reacted publicly especially with issues concerning the southwest have made him not to be favoured by some of his own people.
“The other misfortune is that though Bola Tinubu has spent his life and his huge resources on developing politically powerful lieutenants who now occupy very high and influential offices, now at his own point of need his major challengers are virtually all from his staple.
“On my part, a great advantage is that I am the only Yoruba of note in the presidential race from the PDP.
“This race promises to be interesting.” Okupe concluded
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