Nigerians have given mixed interpretations to the campaign statement by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
According to commenters, the part where Tinubu said Nigerians ‘cannot afford to get this one wrong” means the electorates were wrong in voting the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015 and in 2019.
On Twitter, @KrisRoyal wrote: “Lolz. So you are telling us that we were wrong in voting Buhari?? Is your party man & same manifesto. If Buhari who is physically stronger than you is a wrong choice, then choosing you will be a regrettably disaster.”
Jaro Mark wrote: “You are right, He Knew Buhari was the wrong candidate to govern Nigeria but he sold him to us.”
Tinubu’s Campaign Statement
The APC presidential candidate released the statement to Nigerians on Wednesday via his Twitter handle.
The message read: “Today marks the official commencement of 2023 presidential election campaign activities across the country.
“I invite all Nigerians to join me and HE Senator Kashim Shettima on this exciting and important journey as we set our shared vision of Renewed Hope for the people of our dear country, Nigeria.
“We will, in the weeks and months ahead, be taking our dream of a functional, safe, secure and prosperous Nigeria to every part of Nigeria and we will continue to put forward our plan to lead this country towards its best future.
“Our nation stands at a threshold of history. We, like almost every other nation in the world, face significant challenges. Some have been of our own making, others, the consequences of factors well beyond the control of any Nigerian. However, one thing remains certain- we cannot afford to get this one wrong.
“We must show that we have learned from the mistakes of the past. We must be prepared to make difficult decisions. We must be wise, we must be discerning, we must choose progress. We must favour reason over sentiment.
“I am prepared and ready, with my running mate, to provide the leadership that will inspire our country to greater glory with new thinking, innovative ideas and vision. I call on all Nigerians to please join us.”