The groundswell of support for All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has continued to gain traction. The ruling party and three of its governors enjoined the electorate to cast their votes for him.
While the APC said that Tinubu’s presidency would usher in a better future for Nigerians, the governors–Abdullahi Umar Ganduje(Kano State), Rotimi Akeredolu(Ondo State), Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong(Plateau)– said Tinubu’s records were enough to earn him victory in the February 25 presidential poll.
They spoke yesterday in Abuja, Kano, and Akure.
Also, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare; the Director of Contact Mobilisation for Tinubu/Shettima in Gombe State, Inuwa Kari, advised Nigerians to vote for the APC for a better tomorrow.
The APC, in its new year message, assured Nigerians that a vote for Tinubu was a guarantee for a better tomorrow.
The party said in the message by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, in Abuja that it would spare no efforts to justify the support given to it by Nigerians in the last general election.
The message reads: “The best is yet ahead as we urge Nigerians to stand fast in support of our visionary Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and all other candidates of our great Party in the upcoming general election.
“We will continue to spare no effort to justify the highly valued support of our Party in the last two electoral cycles.
“In the spirit of the season, the party rejoices with Nigerians and wished them a happy and prosperous New Year.
“The year 2023 is of momentous significance. It is not only the last lap of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, it is the year of renewed hope for all Nigerians when we exercise our sovereign civic duties to elect new leaders for our country.”
In Jos, Lalong, who is the director-general of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, told his kinsmen that Tinubu has concrete plans to address the nation’s challenges.
He spoke at the annual cultural festival of the Gamai people tagged “Bit Gamai 2022” in Shendam.
While thanking Gamai people for standing by him and other sons and daughters of the Chiefdom, Lalong recalled that without their support, he would not have been recognised for the positions he occupies today.
“I have started talking to my principal, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima for federal Interventions to our land,” the governor said.
Ganduje, at an event organised by the Patriotic Volunteers for Democracy, said the North had no reason not to support Tinubu for his role in President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence as President.
Ganduje described the APC presidential candidate as the most competent for the job because of his unbeatable track record.
His words: “As of today, among the politicians in Nigeria, I have not seen who loves Northerners more than Tinubu. When PDP refused to give Atiku a ticket, he (Tinubu) gave him the presidential flag bearer of his party. After that, he (Tinubu) also gave Nuhu Ribadu his party’s presidential flagbearer although he didn’t win the election. But even at that, he helped him.
“What about that of Buhari? Buhari contested the presidential election three times without succeeding. It was Tinubu who offered a merger and helped Buhari to become President. After he (Buhari) became President, he (Tinubu) was not given any position and he never asked for it.
“ But for the love of democracy, Nigeria, Buhari, and the North, he (Tinubu) supported the government. So what about now? It is payback time for Tinubu. It is time to give him that support. Northerners don’t have any reason not to support him? No reason. He (Tinubu) has already won the election in the North by God’s will.
“It is important for you to know. Why do we want to win this election? Nigeria is a country of diversity. Therefore, you need a leader who has the capacity, experience, knowledge, and firmness and understands governance in the country. We assure you, we have the best presidential candidate in the APC.
“We are not voting for him (Tinubu) because he is a Yoruba nor because he is a Muslim but because he has the capacity. He has done it before and will do it again. He is tested and trusted. He transformed Lagos to what it is today. Since 1999 and after leaving office as the governor of Lagos State, he has consistently led his party to victory. No politician in Nigeria for the past 21 years, with that unbeatable track record.”
Sports Minister Dare, also felicitated Nigerian youths and urged them and others to exercise their franchise in favour of Tinubu.
“I congratulate our youth and all Nigerians for making it into the year 2023, one which portents immense possibilities for our great country. It is a transition year in which President Muhammadu Buhari – under whose leadership, I’m privileged to serve as Minister of Youth and Sports Development will be winding down, and handing over to a democratically elected President,” Dare said.
The minister said, “We have the opportunity to elect a visionary and thinker – Asiwaju Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidential Candidate, as our next President to consolidate on the achievements of the outgoing administration, and bring impetus that will innovatively propel immense possibilities”.
“Amongst those jostling for President, Asiwaju is the best man for the job, and his vision for the country, as encapsulated in the “Renewed Hope” manifesto, is clearly defined and well thought out. I urge us all to make a date with history by putting a visionary on the driver’s seat”, the Minister concluded.
In Minna, Niger State, Governor Abubakar Bello canvassed the reelection of the APC at the federal level because it remained the most viable option for the people.
Bello, in his New Year message, added that the APC has the best interest of the Nigerian masses.
The governor warned against campaigns of calumny and thuggery.
Also Lagos, Speaker of the House of Assembly Obasa said Nigerians would experience a better 2023 if Tinubu was voted as president.
Obasa, in his new year message to the people of the state, described Tinubu as the ‘hope Nigerians currently have for a better country judging from the positive result of the foundation the former governor laid in Lagos State between 1999 and 2007,
They hailed Lagosians for ensuring continuity in the government of the state, saying the consistency in electing candidates from the progressives group had produced a Lagos that is today the fifth largest economy in Africa.
The message by Obasa’s Chief Press Secretary Eromosele Ebhomele, reads: “Lagos has become a reference point for other states and some African countries because of the structures that had been in place since 1999 to mitigate perceived or projected challenges facing the massively growing city. We have maintained proactiveness as a government.
“This is what Asiwaju Tinubu wants to replicate at the centre, a Nigeria where equity would become the norm. Just as I congratulate Nigerians for witnessing 2023, I urge us all to enter the year with renewed hope that the country will be greater than previous years, and that Tinubu will take over the reins of leadership.
“Here in Lagos, I want to urge Lagos residents to encourage our party, APC, by re-electing Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, especially for his positive strides in the governance, growth and development of our State…”
In Akure, Akeredolu urged the people to make conscious efforts to deepen the nation’s democratic gains by voting Tinubu.
Akeredolu said Tinubu was capable of improving the country’s democracy tremendously.
The governor, in his New Year message, described Tinubu as a beacon of hope and stability.
He said: “2023 is a very crucial year, especially in the life of our country. We must be deliberate in making the right choices. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is capable of improving our democracy tremendously. He will provide opportunities to the great people of this nation and make the country a shining beacon of hope and stability.”
Director of the Contact Mobilisation for Tinubu/Shettima, Northeast, Gombe State chapter, Inuwa Kari, said that APC governors in the North would not renege on their support for Tinubu’s aspiration to become president.
Kari stated this after a closed-door meeting with members of the directorate in Gombe State.
He said: “The insinuation is being planted by the PDP because their candidate does not have anything to sell himself apart from him being a Northerner. There is no way power will remain in the North after President Buhari has served for eight years.
“Our governors took a decision that power must shift to the south and the most honourable thing a northern will do is to vote for someone from the south. From the candidates, you have not a basis for comparison Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the man to beat.”
Kari disclosed that the candidate of the PDP has nothing more to market himself other than tribe.
He said: “For Bola Tinubu, his achievement is all over; everybody knows what he has done in Lagos. Lagos is already a country on it own, most people who have not been to Lagos when they do feel they are in a different country. When he becomes president he will become the architect of modern Nigeria.”
“We are very optimistic, committed and God willing. By February 25 we will see a new president emerge who is going to be Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he added.