2023: “I’m running for presidency, not WWE wrestling” – Tinubu

Says present economic model needs major reform

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Bola Tinubu has said that he was running for the presidency and not World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) contest for 100/500 meters.

The former Lagos State governor, who disclosed this at a dinner organised in his honour by the Kano Business Community, threw a jab at those querying his health status and denied his opponents’ allegations that he is sick.

While speaking, Tinubu opined that he was smarter than his critics, noting that Nigerians’ vote for him would put a stop to their complaints.

On his health, Jagaban stated that he is well and hearty, saying that if he were to be sick he wouldn’t have been in their midst.

His words: “I am not competing in WWE wrestling. If I go out there, they will say I am sick. I am standing before you. Do I look like a sick man? Vote for me, they will stop complaining. I am smarter than they are”.

The Asiwaju also promised to embark on a major reform of the nation’s economy, if elected president next year.

According to him, this is because the present structural model on which the economy is based has not achieved the much-desired growth and prosperity for the country.

Tinubu, in his manifesto, tagged: ‘Renewed Hope 2023’, lamented that the nation’s economy had not achieved growth, “since it is still ‘unhelpfully designed’ to export raw materials and import increasingly expensive finished products.

He stated that relying on crude oil as the major source of Federal Government revenue would become unsustainable in future, since revenues from natural resources would prove insufficient to meet the rising costs of imports and the Government’s fiscal obligations. While acknowledging the importance of agriculture as a major revenue-earner if well explored, the APC presidential candidate hinted at the resolve of his government to industrialise the economy, to enable the country to deal decisively with its growing unemployment rate.

The APC flag-bearer also spoke of his intention to revive the National Infrastructure Policy and harmonise it with the National Industrial Policy, to enable his administration to build infrastructure and ensure optimal development of key sectors and rapid acceleration of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, (GDP).

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