‘In 2023, I’ll Support Igbo, Not Tinubu For President’, Ebenezer Babatope Vows

‘In 2023, I’ll Support Igbo, Not Tinubu For President’, Ebenezer Babatope Vows

A former Minister of Transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope has declared that he will never support the presidential ambition of former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the 2023 general elections, even as contended that doing so will amount to going contrary to his conscious.

The former Minister spoke to our Reporter in Lagos today. He insisted that as a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one from the Southwest that has ruled Nigeria in this democratic dispensation, he will rather support an Igbo man or one from the Northeast for the presidency than back Tinubu as “we don’t belong to the same political forum”.

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According to him, “To me, supporting Tinubu for presidency in 2023 is against my conscious. In the first place, I’m not a member of APC, so why should I support him? I am a fanatical member of PDP, while Tinubu belongs to APC. He’s free to pursue his ambition; he has every right to vie for the presidency under his party”.

He asked rhetorically, “If I say I want to go and support Tinubu for presidency on what basis? He is a Yoruba man like myself but we don’t belong to the same party. There are Igbos, Fulanis and others who belong to my party and who may have interest in the presidency. If they indicate interest in contesting for the presidency, I must give consideration to their feelings”.

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“Supporting them will be better than for me to say I am supporting Tinubu because he is a Yoruba man. No, I won’t support him because that will not be fair”.

The former Minister also spoke on tactics by the PDP to throw the presidential ticket open instead of zoning to a particular region, saying that while he strongly believes that the Southeast deserves the ticket as it has not produced the presidency since 1999, any action taken by the PDP leadership to recapture the presidency in 2023 will be welcomed by him.

Hear him, “If by throwing the presidential ticket open, the party wants to look for justice and fair play, that’s fair enough. The reality is that the Igbos have not had a fair share of the presidency since 1999”.

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“I would have supported the Igbos but again, we have been locked out of power and I want the PDP back in power. Also, many Nigerians want PDP back in power because they believe that they will do better than the APC”.

Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

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