Tunji Abayomi, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that politicians everywhere are “sinners,” but Nigeria needs a “sinner” who can develop the country, make money, and use the money to lift people out of poverty.
“Anywhere in the world, you find that politicians are sinners,” Abayomi said on programme monitored by BizWatch Nigeria.
“Only sinful men will raise the society from sin because they understand the effects of the sin, the consequences, the structure of sin and how to manage them. If you are looking at holy men, you are not going to achieve a whole lot. If you look at the history of the world, that is the reality.”
However, Abayomi stated that there must be a balance between morality and competence.
“There will be some form of balance; yes, a sinner but not a murderer,” he said.
“Who of the sinners can give us the best possibility having regard to the issue that confront this nation today?” he queried.
“The principal issue should be the preoccupation with Nigeria; what should Nigeria be?” he asked.
Tinubu’s wealth is clean
Abayomi also stated that he is “very convinced” that the source of his party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu’s wealth is clean.
“I am very convinced because a man who rose to point of director of Mobil Producing, is he stupid and we’ve been running after simple issues? The second is that do we think that those organisations are so incompetent that they won’t have information and know about their staff?”
Abayomi also argued that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is meaningless, arguing that in any democratic setting, the electorate is the ultimate decider of an election winner.
“It counts for little, next to nothing because the reality of the matter is that we all have our constituency of influence.
“It may be exciting for the candidate but for the voters and the electors, in my view, it counts very little because former President Obasanjo has only one vote,” he said.