I’m prepared for dirt in politics – Tinubu
Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) presidential candidate, has said he is ready for the mud of politics.
On Monday, he gave a speech at Chatham House in London, where he addressed issues pertaining to his age, education, and time spent working for the private sector.
The former governor of Lagos State answered questions from the audience and said that attempts to cast doubt on his academic credentials were unsuccessful.
I was born on March 29, 1952, according to the family record, the man said. I do not believe that at the time I made the decision to enter politics or even to run for president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“My life has given me a lot of exposure. My performance at the university they questioned has been consistent.
Now that they have admitted it, they wasted both their time and their money. The transcript and the record both indicate March 1952.
“I am Tinubu and Tinubu proper; I am not claiming another father. They might as well ask for a DNA test if they want one.
I did not touch the subject of one of them allegedly not being a Nigerian citizen.
“Equally, nothing has changed. My alma mater, Chicago State University, attested to that. Now that I have gotten my original replacement degree certificate from them, I can announce it.
“Deloitte gave me accounting training. My stellar track record has been attested to by Mobile Oil. In the private sector, I reached the apex of my career. One of them has to take pride in that.
“Yes, you have to put up with the dirt if you want to wrestle the pig. I am acting in this manner. I entered politics despite being fully aware of its murky waters. Smog will arrive, so prepare to live in the mud and stand up straight to finish the job.
In his opening address, Tinubu outlined his opposition to electoral violence and intimidation and pleaded with other candidates for the presidency to let Nigerians decide the future of their nation.
“I firmly oppose all forms of electoral violence and intimidation,” he declared.
“Having spent the majority of my political career in opposition, I have long fought against electoral fraud and any attempt to stifle voters’ right to an informed choice. I will keep doing that, I swear.
“I kindly request the same of all the candidates in this election. Let the people’s free will determine the direction our country takes. And let voters decide this election on their own free will rather than under the oppressive intimidation of a troublesome few.
He continued, “I am confident that people will go to the polls and give me their mandates in a few short months.
“I am prepared to lead and run the nation. When the elections are over, I will come back here to talk to you.
I will arrive without a long list of future priorities, but rather with a strategy for working together for the benefit of the nation I cherish and will devote my entire life to.
When asked whether his administration would make sure that Nigerians living abroad cast ballots in future elections, Tinubu responded that the current voting system had not yet proven to be trustworthy enough to accommodate other systems.
“I believe El-rufai mentioned last night that diasporans are eligible to vote,” he remarked. Your right to vote should not be taken away if you make economic contributions with the remittances you have been sending. Instead, it should be encouraged.
“However, we are still working to increase people’s faith in our democratic and electoral systems. Before we introduce the convoluted process of the mail-in ballot and others, INEC still needs to reassure us that electronic transmission, the technology being used for accreditation and the total vote count, is reliable, dependable, and assuring in our democratic process.
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