Umar Duhu, a pioneer Northeast National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha is well qualified to be Bola Tinubu’s running mate for the 2023 presidential election, Sahara Reporters reports.
However it was gathered that some APC Bigwigs in Adamawa are trying to put an end to Mustapha’s political career for daring to cross paths with pro-Muhammadu Buhari interest groups within the Adamawa political sphere in order to boost his prospects of becoming Tinubu’s running mate.
In response to this, Duhu said that Mustapha is too busy with coordinating activities that would lead to a successful transition of the present administration on May 29 and the attempt by the APC Bigwigs to smear him will fail as he is too busy to even notice distractions.
Duhu said; “Mustapha’s focus at this material time is to coordinate the winding up of President Buhari’s first tenure and to set the tone for a second term, but he is “well-qualified to seek the highest office in the land; he is at liberty if he wishes to run with Bola Tinubu in 2023. As a matter of fact, both Tinubu and Boss can aspire to any office.”
He said:”APC as it is today is a conglomeration of ideas and interest groups; it is, therefore, dangerous for someone to think some people are not entitled to its power.
“Therefore, the people that are accusing Boss Mustapha of plans to forge a joint ticket in 2023 should know they are only jumping the gun for now, and are wasting their time, given that he is “too busy with stabilising national affairs, and because Tinubu and Boss have the rights to association, vote and be voted for, as guaranteed by our laws.”
He added that the SGF is qualified to run having been presented to run along with late MKO Abiola by the Babagana Kingibe group in 1993.
“Mustapha’s intimidating credentials are there,” he said.
“Thirty years ago, the Kingibe group within the Social Democratic Party (SDP), actually presented him initially to Abiola for consideration as presidential running mate. It is therefore ridiculous for some spent-force politicians to think they can cow such a formidable democratic icon into silence.
“While some of us would ordinarily not want to join issues with anybody, we’ll like to warn that we know everybody; let them not mistake Boss’s simplicity for cowardice.”