The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he is being attacked by the opposition because he is the candidate to beat in the 2023 election.
Speaking in a BBC interview aired on Tuesday, Tinubu said the opposition parties keep spreading fake news and allegations against him due to his popularity and credibility.
The former Governor of Lagos State opined that none of his rivals for the highest office can match his track record.
Tinubu described himself as the most competent candidate, stressing that Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were not up to the task for the highest office in the country.
He said: “Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar are not competent. They are not as competent as any other person out there. They’ve no track record, none of them is qualified except me.”
Expressing optimism that next year’s polls will be free and fair, Tinubu said his top priorities are security, and economic recovery which would accelerate development, create employment and get inflation down.
He said: “Things are going very well. I’m very confident that this election will be free and fair. I’m the frontrunner, and that’s why I’m getting many arrows.
My top priorities are security, and economic recovery to accelerate development to get Nigerians employed and get inflation down. You know, monetary policy needs to be changed. Subsidy needs to be decided upon and then, removed.
Insecurity in Nigeria is actually reduced, and I will defend him (Buhari) for that. Then, in 17 local and about four states, we had flags of foreign jihadists in Nigeria. That’s no more; that’s long gone.
“To start chaos is easy, to bring normalcy and redecorate is more difficult. Here we are, Buhari has degraded, but not completely eliminated ISWAP. We need mass recruitment of individuals in a volunteer army to really clean up.”
The APC standard bearer said his achievements in Lagos state makes him stand out from his fellow contestants, adding that he is ready to build on the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He added: “I’m different. I am Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I have governed Lagos. I built a modern state that could be a country on its own. I’ve led an administration that’s so prudent, from N600million internally generated revenue to N5 billion a month.
That’s a record. Nobody else can brag about that. I’ve treated and tamed the Atlantic Ocean surge in Nigeria that would have perished so many people in Lagos. The infrastructural renewal of Lagos is excellent. I have continuity in Lagos.
Buhari has done his best, he’s my leader in the party.”