Engineer Mohammed Wada Yahaya, a three-time commissioner for works in Nasarawa state, is the North Central coordinator Disciples of Jagaban (DOJ), a assist group working to actualise Tinubu presidency. On this interview with MUAZU ABARI he speaks on why they’re backing Tinubu and the way muslim-muslim ticket will unite Nigerians amongst different points.
Because the North Central coordinator, are you able to please give us an perception into what the group is all about and your mission?
Because the title implies Disciples of Jagaban is a gaggle of patriotic and achieved Nigerians, people and the widespread males from all walks of life throughout all strata of the society equivalent to Labour unions, petty merchants, retired civil servants, farmers teams amongst others who’ve excelled of their numerous fields of endeavours reducing throughout completely different political events, ethnic and non secular divides who imagine in Tinubu’s imaginative and prescient, ideology and management qualities and noticed the necessity to come collectively to make sure his emergence as president in 2023. It is going to curiosity you to know that we’ve got formidable constructions with competent management in all of the 36 states of the federation and FCT in addition to at zonal models and wards ranges with membership that reduce throughout completely different political events like APC, PDP, SDP, Labour and different political events and we’re all binded by a standard curiosity to ship Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria new president primarily based on our convictions and nationwide curiosity.
The group got here on board as early as in 2019 even when Tinubu has not indicated curiosity to vie for the presidency and we performed great roles in convincing him to simply accept the clarion calls of Nigerians by contesting for the presidency the place he received and emerged as APC presidential candidate within the subsequent yr common elections.
Is the group being sponsored by extraneous forces and the way do you obtain your mission when the membership of the group includes individuals from completely different political events giving room for conflicting curiosity?
We’re not been sponsored by anyone however rely on our hard-earned assets to fund the actions of the group as a part of our contributions to the event of our nation and in enthronement of fine management in Nigeria. Dont neglect that, I earlier instructed you that the group includes each achieved people and downtrodden members of the society who’ve their very own technique of livelihood which they’re sacrificing to fund the actions of the group. It’s a undeniable fact that the membership of the group reduce throughout completely different political events however we’re all binded by a standard curiosity within the presidential election, that’s, to assist the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. That’s the reason we based the group within the first place so belonging to completely different political events is not going to have an effect on our resolve to assist and guarantee his emergence. That is already a carried out deal. We’re centered, clear and unanimous in our selection of Tinubu as our presidential candidate. Members of the group might have completely different candidates in different elective positions however relating to presidential election, we’ve got all agreed to work for Tinubu regardless of our particular person political events and i feel this must be counseled by lovers of democracy as a result of that is the primary time within the historical past of democracy in Nigeria the place followers of various political events will unite to assist a standard presidential candidate regardless of get together our variations.
What’s the driving drive behind the formation of this group seen by most individuals as uncommon in Nigerian politics?
The driving drive behind this new political pondering is competence and nationwide curiosity. We’re deeply involved with the pathetic state of affairs Nigeria discovered itself largely because of dangerous management and we imagine as leaders and stakeholders, we’ve got an obligation and duty to alter this narratives by making certain the emergence of a very good, examined and credible management that may really harness our God given assets and develop the nation for the advantages of all. We got here to the realisation that for Nigeria to reoccupy its rightful place as an enormous of Africa, we should put nationwide curiosity and love of our nation above some other consideration by supporting a reputable candidate with observe information regardless of his political leaning, who we imagine have all it takes to take the nation to higher heights and produce succour to Nigerians. These qualities we present in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC.
What are these qualities and what knowledgeable your determination to accept Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the expense of different presidential hopefuls?
Our determination to assist and work for Bola Tinubu was borne out of patriotic need to salvage Nigeria from socio-economic and political stagnation primarily based on so many indices of improvement and going by his competence, credibility, information, sacrifices and contributions to the event of Nigeria and enthronement of democracy within the nation which put him far forward of different presidential candidates. When you have a look at him, when it comes to his pedigree, efficiency and doggedness, you should have no possibility than to offer it to him. This can be a man that succeeded to enhance the financial system of Lagos state whose inhabitants is greater than some African international locations and take it to an unprecedented degree. If that is replicated in Nigeria if he emerges, you’ll be able to think about the extent to which we’ll witness enchancment in our financial system. That is additionally a person that tapped the financial system of Lagos to its fullest and remodeled the state into industrial hub in Africa and tackled the safety challenges bedeviling the state and achieved quite a bit in all sectors of the state, particularly, within the space of large infrastructural drive. You’ll agree with me that the substantial issues we’re having in Nigeria immediately is that of safety, financial system and improvement which he’s properly versed with. Even among the safety challenges we’ve got is because of dangerous financial system. He remodeled Lagos that generated N60m month-to-month as internally generated income to N45bn to N50bn. When you additionally have a look at his large infrastructural drive and democratic credentials, you’ll be able to’t evaluate him with different candidates.Tinubu has sacrificed his life, time, energies and assets to battle navy regimes and enthroned democracy and good governance in Nigeria. When democracy got here below severe threats, he stood his floor in defence of our democracy and remained dogged in making certain that improvement reached the grassroot and he created extra native governments and improvement areas which earned him the wrath of the federal authorities which stopped his allocations however with willpower, foresight, good intention and noble concepts, he succeeded to run Lagos successfully with out federal allocations. These are simply few amongst many different causes that knowledgeable our determination to again his presidential bid. So from no matter angle you have a look at it, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the reply to Nigeria’s drawback, therefore the necessity for all Nigerians to rally spherical his candidature and elect him as our new president in 2023 election to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
How do you propose to market him to Nigerians forward of 2023 election?
We intend to market him via numerous methods and efforts a few of which we need to hold near our chest for now however typically talking, we’ll embark on large advocacy and sensitisation of Nigerians throughout all strata, in all of the nooks and crannies of the nation with the view to enlighten Nigerians on his observe information, achievements,credibility, contributions to nation constructing, amongst many different points. We may also attain out to people, teams, organisations, opinion moulders, vital stakeholders within the Nigeria challenge in any respect ranges and throughout the political divides to drum up assist for Tinubu to clinch the presidency come 2023 to reset Nigeria on the trail of peace, improvement and prosperity.
Are you bothered that your group might seemingly be fused to different assist teams and due to this fact have an effect on your operations thereby inflicting it to lose its id?
It’s truly true that after the primaries all of the helps teams are often merged into one formidable drive for efficient prosecution of campaigns however in our personal case, I dont assume will probably be attainable for us to be merged with different helps teams attributable to our uniqueness and peculiarities .Don’t neglect that we got here into being since 2019 when Tinubu had not even indicated curiosity to contest for the presidency with properly established constructions in all of the 36 states and the FCT. Dont additionally neglect the truth that the group includes members from completely different political events we’ve got APC, we’ve got PDP, we’ve got SDP, we’ve got Labour Get together, amongst others, however united by a standard curiosity, that’s to ship Bola Ahmed Tinubu as our president. So will probably be very tough for the group to be submerged with different helps teams for Tinubu.
On the North central degree very quickly hopefully in a weeks time, we can have our zonal assembly of the principal officers of the group which can happen in Abuja, to map out methods on easy methods to perform our actions primarily based on our peculiarities within the north central as a result of every area has their very own peculiarities which must be thought-about and mainstreamed into our methods of profitable election for our candidate.
Going by the emotions of Nigerians are you not bothered that the muslim-muslim ticket adopted by APC will work in opposition to the get together and the possibilities of your presidential candidate?
Quite the opposite, it should strengthen our democracy and unite us extra as Nigerians binded by widespread curiosity and future. I known as the emergence of Kashim Shettima as Tinubu’s working mate as one other golden alternative for Nigerians to discard ethno non secular politics which have been the bane of our democracy within the present political dispensation.
We’re all leaving witnesses to how Buhari and idiagbon who’re all muslims dominated Nigeria throughout navy period, we additionally witnessed how Nigerians throughout the nation put ethnic and non secular sentiments apart to elect Chief.MKO Abiola of blessed reminiscence and Amb.Babagana Kingibe as president and vp within the aborted third republic and the extent to which the nation was united with sturdy resolve by all Nigerians who stood agency with out recourse to ethnic, tribal and non secular sentiments in defence of the mandate and democracy when it was annulled by the navy.