A prominent member of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who has been critical of President Bola Tinubu, Daniel Bwala, has expressed his willingness to accept an appointment from Tinubu, should it be offered to him.
He said he would accept an appointment if it contributed to the development of Tinubu’s development agenda.
The lawyer and politician, who met with Tinubu at the Presidential Villa last week, made this known on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme on Sunday.
“If the President makes an offer of a position that I see that will contribute to the development of his agenda because I say I will support his agenda, I will more than anything else appreciate it.
“But it is not the appointment that I am looking for to support him. Eight years, I supported Buhari, I was a public official. You have to separate between those who do not have value and are cringing and crying for an appointment and those who believe the value and what they will contribute has nothing to do with whether you’re
appointed or you’re not appointed,” he stated.
Last week, there was a strong reaction towards Bwala for his decision to back Tinubu, considering his previous role as the spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council for the 2023 elections, where Atiku Abubakar was the presidential candidate.
As a previous member of the APC, Bwala left the party after Tinubu named Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno, as his running partner.
He criticised Tinubu’s decision to select a Muslim running mate, despite being a Muslim himself.
He then joined the campaign of the PDP and showed his support for Atiku, who chose a Christian as his running mate, former Delta governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
During Sunday’s interview, the PDP chieftain compared his role as the PDP presidential candidate’s spokesman during the previous campaign to that of a salesman.
He described his responsibility as promoting their product and highlighting its strengths while also downplaying the competition.
“As a spokesman, that was my duty. I exhibited what I believe to be the quality to the best of my knowledge,” Bwala said.
He noted in the interview that meeting Tinubu at the Presidential Villa was known to Atiku
“I informed Atiku Abubakar I was going to see the President. After I had seen the President, I informed him (Atiku) that I had just seen the President and he replied me that, ‘Thanks Daniel for notifying me’,” he said.