By Musa Adamu
The National Coordinator of Concerned Advocates for Good Governance (CAGG), Olusegun Bamgbose, has revealed how the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, dragged him into the 2023 presidential race.
Bamgbose had recently declared his interest to contest the 2023 presidential race with other politicians who might be interested in the race like him.
Narrating how the Kaduna Governor convinced him to contest for the position, he said early this year, he wrote a letter to El-Rufai to the effect that he has his (Bamgbose) support if he (El-Rufai) wanted to contest the 2023 presidential elections.
According to him, “El-Rufai never thought it wise, to acknowledge my letter in anyway.
“Along the line, it just suddenly occurred to me, ‘enough of this support, you are also qualified to contest, go ahead and indicate your interest’.
“The truth of the matter is that I’ve been nursing the ambition since 1986. That was how I started and so far so good. I’m therefore indebted to Governor El-Rufai for refusing to acknowledge my letter.
“I’m equally happy that in the course of time, Governor EL-RUFAI made it clear that power must shift to the south.
“I’m with all modesty, a detribilised Nigerian. In 2003, I visibly supported Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for his second term bid. In 2007, I supported Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. In 2011, I supported Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015, I supported Mohammadu Buhari, in 2019, I supported Atiku Abubakar.
“The fact remains that I’m very passionate about one Nigeria. Nigerians should look forward to a passionate, patriotic and pragmatic leader come 2023.
“I’m not in the race to enrich myself but to empower the masses. I believe I’ve what it takes to be the next President of Nigeria.”