Prominent Nigerians, including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have congratulated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for clinching the APC ticket.
Also, groups like the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties(CNPP and Coalition of Southeast Youth Leaders, welcomed the emergence of the former Lagos State governor as APC flag bearer, saying they have no doubt that he would transform Nigeria if elected president.
Among them notable Nigerians were Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Muhammadu Inuwa (Gombe) and NNPP presidential ticket holder Rabiu Kwakwanso.
Former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel; Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Ahmad Wase, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, Senator Andy Uba; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) and Florence, widow of the late Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi
They said Tinubu’s victory was a reward for hard work, doggedness, grit, political sagacity and, resilience.
Abubakar, a former vice-president, described the APC primary as “a hard-fought contest.”
He wrote: “Congratulations, @officialABAT, on your emergence as your party’s presidential candidate.
“It has been a hard-fought contest, but that you prevailed confirms your tenacity.”
Lawan, who also contested the shadow election, said in a statement that Tinubu’s victory has reassured APC members of the possibility of the party winning next year’s presidential poll.
He added in the statement titled: “Felicitation,” that the outcome of the primary had proved the popularity of the former Lagos State governor amongst APC members.
Lawan said: ” The outcome of the election process has shown that Your Excellency(Tinubu) is the popular choice of our party for that assignment.
“I do not have an iota of doubt in the wisdom of that decision by our party’s delegates from across the country.
“Your glittering track record of public service, foresight and grit in party building and administration, as well as the courage you continue to demonstrate in fighting for the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria make you worthy of the high esteem and trust of our party members everywhere in Nigeria as exhibited at the national convention.
Omo-Agege also expressed optimism that Tinubu would emerge victorious in next year’s presidential election.
While calling on the former governor to be magnanimous in victory, he stressed the need for all those who lost to join hands with Tinubu and the APC in ensuring victory next year.
The Deputy Senate President said: ”With the transparent process that saw the emergence of Asiwaju Tinubu as our party standard bearer, I am confident more than ever before that this is the beginning of even greater tidings for our party.”
He also called on Nigerians to support Tinubu and other APC candidates at all levels in the forthcoming polls.
Speaker Gbajabiamila described Tinubu as a dogged democrat who has the quality to lead APC to victory next year.
He said in his congratulatory message that the former governor’s victory was “well-deserved.”
Gbajabiamila added: “I congratulate my mentor for this victory. This is a victory for democracy and Nigerians as a whole. With the manner he went about his campaigns, Asiwaju has proved to be a hero of our democracy.
“From day one, he stood his ground that the APC must organise a free, fair and transparent presidential primary if it wanted to remain the party to beat. He advocated that and remained steadfast. This will make the party come out peaceful and victorious in the end.
Fayemi: Asiwaju, a long distance runner
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said Tinubu’s emergence represented the collective wish of the vast majority of APC members.
He added that the former governor “has proven his dedication and competence to lead the country at such an important time in history.”
Fayemi who stepped down as an aspirant and endorsed Tinubu at the convention described the APC flag bearer as a “long distance runner,”, who has the capacity to lead the country to greater heights.
He said: “It is a great moment for our party. I congratulate Asiwaju Tinubu for the well-deserved victory and the leadership of the party as well as the convention committee members for a great job.
“Collectively, we shall move from this convention venue with greater determination to strengthen the party and work assiduously for the success of the party in the 2023 elections.”
Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for “superintending over a free, fair, and credible process as national leader of the party.”
He congratulated the APC leadership and the convention planning committee for the successful conduct of the exercise.
Akeredolu: Tinubu will calm frayed nerves
Governor Akeredolu, who hailed Tinubu for emerging victorious, said he was happy that the APC displayed a total commitment to the ethos of democracy and embraced the path of fairness and equity.
Akeredolu advised Tinubu to unite all contending forces to enable the APC to retain power next year.
He described the contest as a “brotherly scramble.”
His words: ”The aspirants and leaders of our great party must now leverage on our political strength to build the party and reposition it for even greater victory.
“We must identify and underscore our challenges for the greater good of the people. The time for strives is beneath us. As the dust settles, we must form a common front and understand that victory at the general election is our collective target.
“It is time to justify our zeal and passion for the party. The instruments of the party must be fully deployed for the rescue mission of the nation. Let us expend our strength and reach to replete the party with brighter prospects. Ours is to plough not to plunder.
“Our struggle for the service of the people must reflect in our support and incurable commitment to unity geared towards the good of the people and the country at large.
He is leader of leaders, says Oyetola
Governor Oyetola described Tinubu’s emergence as a victory for democracy and a demonstration of his influence and acceptability, not only within the APC but across the country.
He expressed confidence in the capacity and competence of Tinubu to deliver victory for the APC next year.
Oyetola added in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, that the former governor would deploy his administrative acumen to take the country to enviable heights.
The statement partly reads: “Your emergence is indeed a reward of your tireless efforts and selfless services to Nigeria and Nigerians and of course, humanity as a whole.
“You are not just a leader of leaders but the finest politician who had used his God-given wisdom and wealth to build humanity and advance the socio-economic fortunes of our dear country.
“It is on record that your phenomenal leadership and enigmatic fortress had in no measure contributed significantly to the growth and development of Lagos State where you served as a two-term Governor and of course Nigeria as it is evident in your influence across the nooks and crannies of the country.
“With your antecedents coupled with your outstanding credentials in both private and public sectors, I have no doubt in my mind that your emergence will deliver victory for our party in all elections as this will further justify the quest to elect a candidate with unimaginable qualities that cut across spheres of life”,
Abiodun; Tinubu’s candidacy good for Nigeria
In a statement yesterday, the Ogun State governor said the emergence of Tinubu was a good omen for the APC and the country.
According to him, the victory shows that Tinubu “is widely beloved and accepted within the country’s entire political spectrum, and shows his level of deep interactions and acceptance not only within the ruling APC but across Nigeria.”.
He said: “This victory indicates that Tinubu as a candidate is good for Nigeria, as it will foster unity, love and understanding amongst Nigerians. His electoral victory cut across all the six geopolitical zones; he had an impact in all the zones. He is the candidate to beat in the 2023 elections.
Abiodun expressed confidence that he would further deepen the nation’s democratic ethos and good governance.
Ganduje: he is a bridge builder
The Kano governor said that the victory of Tinubu showed his acceptability in the North as a bridge builder.
”Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s landslide victory in the just-concluded presidential primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) shows his high degree of acceptability in the North, as a bridge builder,” Ganduje said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.
He expressed optimism that the election would make APC stronger as the 2023 general elections draw nearer.
The governor also praised his Northern counterparts for their unanimous decision to shift power to the South and also Buhari for accepting their proposal.
“This patriotic decision will further cement all parts of the country. President Buhari’s role in making sure that democratic principles are safeguarded in the process is highly commendable and exemplary,” he said.
Tinubu will lead APC to victory, says AbdulRazaq
In his congratulatory message, AbdulRazaq noted that Tinubu deserved his victory.
The governor said the ballot represented a resounding vote of confidence by APC leaders and members in Tinubu’s capacity to lead the party to another victory.
He said: “It was a moment to speak to the direction the party must take to consolidate on its own wins, build on the many successes of President Muhammadu Buhari, and raise a dynamic successor team that is able to take up the challenges of nation-building and development in a peculiar age of changing metrics of governance and collective security. In antecedence, capacity, and reach, there is no doubt that Asiwaju ticks all the right boxes. With his emergence, our party is clearly destined for a big win in the next general elections.”
Yahaya: Jagaban, a strong piller
Yahaya described Tinubu’s victory as a good omen and an expression of national unity.
He added that the emergence of the Jagaban of Borgu was ”a manifestation of his years of personal commitment, sacrifice, tenancy, political experience and service to the nation.”
Describing Tinubu as an enigmatic leader and a strong pillar with immense influence, Yahaya said he had no doubt that he would give the ruling party a resounding victory next year
The governor also expressed optimism that when eventually elected as president, Tinubu would bring to bear, his “vast wealth of experience and network as a former governor, Senator and political leader to build on the successes of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.”
Speaker Obasa described Tinubu’s emergence as a well-deserved victory.
”The outcome of this primary election is the result of hard work and the support of critical stakeholders across the length and breadth of this country who love Tinubu,” Obasa said.
He added: “It is interesting and exciting how the exercise, which was held under a peaceful atmosphere, ended.
“This victory is not for Asiwaju alone. It is for our great party. It is for well-meaning Nigerians who aspire for a greater country.”
The speaker also urged for greater support for the APC presidential candidate as the party approaches the next stage of electioneering ahead of 2023.
Tinubu, a dogged fighter, says Daniel
Former Governor Daniel described Tinubu as a dogged fighter, who would go to any length to achieve his objectives
Daniel, who is the APC candidate for Ogun East Senatorial District, said: ”The Bola Tinubu that I know is a strategic thinker, a great planner and a well-organised personality, which are the attributes that have worked for him not only in politics but also in his business and social relationships.
“In the last two decades Bola Tinubu’s political trajectory has shown that the sky may be the starting point for him, and this he has clearly demonstrated with the energy he puts behind his campaign and the eventual victory as the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress which has proven bookmakers wrong in all ramifications.”
Uba noted that Tinubu’s victory was gained from “a free, fair and credible process.”
He added that the development also reaffirms Tinubu’s wide acceptability to rescue Nigeria from its current state of despair.
Uba said: “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not only the choice of APC delegates at the APC special national convention but the generality of Nigerians who believe in his ideology to turn the nation’s economy around for good, through concerted grassroots development, Job creation, total fight against insurgency among others within a short time.”
Keyamo, Ajimobi’s widow react
Keyamo and Florence Ajimobi, who also congratulated Tinubu, said his victory would help strengthen the nation’s unity.
Keyamo also praised Northern governors “for being the heroes of the convention” by agreeing to cede power to the South.
Mrs Ajimobi said her late husband “would be pleased with the turn of events that saw the emergence of Asiwaju Tinubu, being a core loyalist of his.”
A former spokesman for the APC in Lagos State, Seye Oladejo, said Tinubu’s candidacy of the ruling party represents a breath of fresh air to the nation.