Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, has said that nobody knows Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi in his state and that while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, is a formidable opponent, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the next president of Nigeria.
Masari, who spoke in an interview with TVC yesterday, said the former Lagos State governor has the support of the north in his presidential bid.
He said Tinubu is the best person in the country’s political terrain at the moment.
“Who is better than him in the political terrain of Nigeria today?” Masari asked when asked to speak on Tinubu’s chances in the 2023 presidential election.
Asked if Peter Obi was better, he said, “I don’t know him. Somebody who was a governor of Anambra? Go and ask a Katsina man and the politicians, how many of them know Peter Obi? We are talking about a presidential candidate of Nigeria, somebody who has cut all barriers – tribal, religious, regional, name it.”
On Atiku Abubakar, he said, “I think Atiku is a formidable force but our force is greater than him and he knows that. He is a veteran of contesting elections and also a veteran loser.”
The governor dismissed talks that 2023 is Atiku’s best chance of becoming President, saying, “That was said several times and it never came to pass and this one will never come to pass.”
When asked if northerners were buying into the Tinubu candidacy, Masari said, “They’ve already bought into it. First of all, Bola is not a new name in politics of Nigeria and we, the people of Katsina, know the role played by Bola Tinubu in 2015 for the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari. We know the support he gave in 2019 for the continuation of Muhammadu Buhari. We, here in Katsina, are not ingrates.”