The former Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Sen. Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi, has warned some political elements feeling threatened by the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to desist from whipping sentiments about age.
Governor of Ekiti state Kayode Fayemi had on Thursday said 2023 President should not exceed a 60-year-old.
But former lawmaker argued that antecedent and capacity should be the yard stick to measure an aspirant’s suitability for 2023 presidential seat.
Akanbi made the disclosure shortly before the inauguration of Akwa Ibom Stakeholders for Asiwaju Tinubu ( AKISAT) 2023, a volunteer-oriented political support group on Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
He suggested that the youth population should rather root for a presidential aspirant with evidence of quality service delivery.
“It’s not a matter of being young; it’s a matter of marketing a product. We are talking about empirical evidences, what he or she has done before I’m certain situations,” he said.
He noted that Tinubu has demonstrated over the years that he is leader who spots and utilises human talents to achieve results.
He said, “the team of a government determines the mind of the leader. Let me give you an example, when Bola Tinubu was governor of Lagos State, all his team was quite young. He is a talent hunter, he looks for younger people who have quality and what it takes, brushes them up and make them take the mantle of the country.
“At the moment, look at Tinubu’s (Governorship) Commissioner’s list in the present federal government and look at the role they are even playing – that is even a pointer to convince the youths to support Tinubu. There were many older people around in Lagos, but he chose to take the risk on the youth, look at the result. See Tinubu as a captain of a team.”
Senator Akanbi, a frontline member of South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) 2023, also mentioned that as Governor, Tinubu, with the support of his cabinet, ran Lagos state successfully for several years when the Olusegun Obasanjo-led federal government ceased the state’s monthly federal allocation.
Also in the state for the AKISAT’23 inauguration is Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, a former Minister of State for Works, and a host of other bigwig volunteers for the Asiwaju Tinubu 2023 Presidential Project.