The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, yesterday declared that he was waiting to be declared the winner of the presidential election to start reworking the country in line with his vision.In a series of post-election interviews with all leading candidates, Tinubu’s counterpart in the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, expressed worry that the logo of his party was missing from some ballot papers used in the elections in several parts of the country.This is coming as the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has decried the failure of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) used at his polling unit immediately after he had voted and the absence of his party’s name on the ballot paper.
Tinubu, who made this known yesterday in his first-ever exclusive interview with ARISE News Channel, restated his confidence that he would win the election.He declared he is better than any other presidential candidate vying for the number one political office in capacity, ability, and track record.He said: “I am saying categorically that I am better than others. I am exposed. I am from a private sector background. I have demonstrated that capacity, ability and vision in Lagos State. I believe I am better than any other candidate in this election. I am confident I will win.”The APC presidential candidate, a two-term governor of Lagos State, said that his unique vision on how to salvage the country could be glimpsed from the impressions he left behind in Lagos State and his ability to earn the collaboration of players in the private sector to deliver public good.He said: “I mean that my vision is different. You could see Lagos State. You could see the infrastructural improvement. You could see the taming of the Atlantic Ocean. Go there now and see.
“If we do not bring and convince the private sector of the need to collaborate and work together to promote the country’s interest, we cannot make progress. That is my way. I have articulated my agenda. I have set the priorities.”Tinubu, who had been hailed as the national leader of the APC for nearly nine years, surprisingly debunked that perception, insisting that only a victory at the presidential election could make him the party leader. He said: “I am a member of the APC. I’m not the APC. I am striving to become the leader of the APC. If I become the leader of the APC through this election, you don’t know what I will do – whether I will change the APC’s philosophy. I am not ready to tell you that. I’m waiting for the result of the election. It is then that I can rework the country.”
On the other hand, the APC presidential candidate acknowledged that President Muhammadu Buhari is a sincere and committed leader who is confronted by nearly intractable economic challenges.He maintained that these challenges required a strong footing in economics to be effectively tackled and that Nigeria needed a working partnership between the public and private sectors to recover as a thriving economy.“The challenge we faced in 2019 was different. We have a dedicated and sincerely committed leader in Buhari. But he is not an economist. He has to face a very, very challenging situation. He has to face population growth and graduate unemployment – too many of them that we must be creative enough to accommodate to get the economy going. “But, I say the partnership between the private sector and the public sector has to be harmonised and encouraged to actualise the dreams of Nigerians. That is important to me,” Tinubu said