If elected president in 2023, Bola Tinubu will follow President Muhammadu Buhari’s platform, his campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo said on Friday.
Tinubu, a presidential candidate, is vying to succeed his party man in the upcoming administration, but considering the incumbent’s appalling performance, there have been questions about how his government would function.
Adams Oshiomhole, a close friend of Mr. Tinubu and a former party chairman, had attempted on Thursday to distance Mr. Tinubu from the collapse of the Buhari administration by asserting that his man had not served in the administration.
However, Mr. Keyamo, a junior minister for labor and employment now in office, claimed that Mr. Oshiomhole was misrepresented by the media.
“It is the same APC template that both leaders (Buhari and Tinubu) that they will use,” Mr Keyamo said in an interview on Channels TV on Friday night.
“I saw one misleading headline from one of the papers yesterday and I laughed. It was misleading, misinterpreting what one of our leaders said. That we were distancing ourselves from the records of Buhari. That is utter nonsense. Like I said, we are proud of the record of the APC.” The APC chieftain said.
Mr. Keyamo emphasized that Mr. Tinubu is pleased with what the Buhari administration has accomplished. However, he added that Mr. Tinubu can decide to enhance other parts of governance “on the same progressive template.”
In the more than seven years of the Buhari administration, Nigeria has declined on practically all national development indexes, with escalating insecurity and a paralyzed economy. Due to professors’ ongoing unrest about the low quality of service, public universities have been closed for almost six months.
According to a Brookings Institution analysis from 2018, Nigeria replaced India as the country with the highest rate of poverty in the world, and the Debt Management Office estimates that under the leadership of the Buhari government, the country’s total public debt has reached N41.60 trillion.