Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC’s presidential contender, is not unqualified to govern Nigeria, according to Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli, a former president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).
TeeMac criticized Tinubu’s presidential campaign in a posting on his Facebook page on Thursday, July 28. This remark gained a lot of traction. In a tweet, the well-known singer asserted that Tinubu is 86 years old and unsuitable to serve as president.
However, the well-known flutist asserted in a statement released on Saturday, July 30, that there is no doubt about Tinubu’s capacity to lead Nigeria. He asserts that Tinubu’s sale of President Buhari to Nigerians in 2015, who has underperformed, is the major problem he has with him.
The declaration says
“My attention has been drawn to a post that has gone viral on Social Media regarding a private banter with a Facebook acquaintance on the eligibility of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Whilst it is regrettable that such a private conversation went viral vide from a Facebook Account, let me state that the conversation was taken out of context.
In the first instance, I have high regards for the person of the APC Presidential candidate; a two (2)-Term Governor of Lagos State, and a revered leader of the APC. I have lived in Lagos since I relocated from Switzerland, and I can attest to his transformational impact in the State.
More significantly is his ability to identify and engage exceptional and committed technocrats in governance with tangible results over time, and maintaining relationships with them, and others across board. This, I believe will be replicated if he is given the opportunity at the Federal level.
His all-inclusive style of governance has seen people from other states, ethnicities and faith take up appointments in Lagos, serving meritoriously too!
Consequently, his competence is not in doubt.
I only expressed my fear for the rigours of the office.
My personal view is that anyone can choose any candidate, but must ask themselves if they have chosen rightly. This is a pertinent question for everyone. I simply admonished a friend to vote by his convictions.
My only grouse, which I still stand by is that it was Tinubu who sold Buhari to the nation in 2015, which candidate, contrary to all expectations, underperformed.
The above notwithstanding, I neither have a personal grudge with Asiwaju, nor would pursue a path of acrimony with my cousin, Remi Tinubu, whom everyone adjudged pleasant and supportive.
Tinubu remains a man I admire regardless of what sycophants have tried to make of my comment.”
BTL Blogger: Augustine Emmanuel