Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, said yesterday that the forthcoming 2015 general elections would be a major factor in deciding Nigeria's future political equation.
Tinubu who stated this during his speech at a public presentation of a book entitled "Balarabe Musa" at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, drew the distinction between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his opposition APC. He described the former as conservative elitist party which has held sway for about 15 years with little to show for it, while the latter is a merger of reformers whose aim is change the fortunes of the country for good.
He said, "Elections are fast approaching and they will determine the fate of Nigeria for years to come. The alternatives are now starkly drawn. On one hand, there stands the conservative elite that has held power since 1999. They have been there too long to have done so little good.
"On the other stands a merger of reformers who seek to make Nigeria into its better self. We seek to do for Nigeria what the ruling party cannot do. On one hand, stands the perfection of greed and unbridled ambition. On the other, stands a band of imperfect reformers."
Tinubu who described Balarabe Musa as a man of the people noted that the former governor would have a role to play whichever way the country turns, even as he urged that the book written about him would have to be updated to include what will be Balarabe's finest chapter.
He said, "It is not necessary that he (Balarabe) carry the banner of party or any affiliation except that with the Nigerian people. Let him speak to the people and speak to them the truth as he sees it. We need this now more than ever. If he does so, it will help guide the people and Nigeria will become a better place.
"When I said we would do better to let him sit in the audience, I offered that suggestion not as an insult or to demean him. I did so to praise his humility and to highlight that he has always been a man of the people. Most Nigerian politicians are men of the elite and creatures of greed. Balarabe has been a true guardian of the public welfare and the voice of its conscience.
"As governor, he held the reins of wealth and power firmly in his hands. Yet he sought not his own enrichment, nor did he allow the already well-oiled elite to fatten themselves at the expense of the poor."
He went on to describe Balarabe Musa as the warrior of principle and democracy who is made of the rarest and noblest qualities.