All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asíwájú Bola Tinubu yesterday promised to build on the legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari, if elected.
He spoke at a rally in Owerri, Imo State capital, which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Governors Hope Uzodinnma (Imo), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) and Babajide Sanwo-olu (Lagos) and Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege.
Tinubu said the good work of the president, particularly in the area of infrastructure revolution, revamping agriculture, road and railway network, would be sustained.
He said: “You know the president with honesty, integrity and dependability. We will continue with his incorruptible and being straightforward attributes.”
The APC candidate also promised to prudently manage the nation’s resources and increase its revenue – generation capacity as he did when he was Lagos governor.
To the people of Imo, Tinubu said he would further invest in education as President Buhari, who upgraded two institutions in the state to universities did, adding that he will help to make the state a tourist destination.
Tinubu stressed: “We will strengthen and promote peace and unity in the state and confront violence and man inhumanity to fellow man as that’s the only way growth and development can be achieved.
He added: “We are going to prudently manage and increase your revenue generation capacity, we will bring modern equipment to Imo state, we will continue to work with the state to eliminate violence, crime and inhumanity to man.
“We assure you of breaking shackles of poverty, we came with truth teller, we came with a leader with honesty, integrity and dependability, President Muhammadu Buhari who had for past eight years retrieved the neglected foundation which the other party refused to move forward.
“See the last eight years as years of retrieve infrastructural renewal dumped, rail lines dump, they shared the bounties of electricity generation and distribution, they forget the transmission line instead they started giving the people estimated billing, they thought we are stupid and they want to come back.”
President Buhari said Tinubu would be the next president of the country.
He said he had accompanied Tinubu to the state to sell him to the people, expressing gratitude for the massive turnout at the rally.
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The president had earlier paid a courtesy call on traditional rulers in the state at their council chamber where he had also canvassed support for Tinubu’s election.
The Chairman of the Traditional Council in the state, who received Buhari, Eze Udo, Dr. Eze Okeke, conferred on the president the chieftaincy title of Nwanne Dinamba, meaning (a brother in The Diaspora).
The host-governor, Senator Uzodinnma, while welcoming the dignitaries, restated that Imo is part of the Nigerian entity and “in brotherhood the people of the state shall stand with other Nigerians”.
He thanked Buhari for his support for the state, adding that his presence at the rally was a great testament to his determination to get the party to win the next election.
Sanwo-Olu said the Igbo and Yoruba have been coexisting peacefully for a long time.
“I bring you all greetings from Lagos to show you that there is a hand shake across the Nigeria, Igbo were with Tinubu in Lagos and I want you to also support him.”
Governor Uzodimma expressed happiness that President Buhari has always granted all his requests for the state.
The Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, represented by a former National Chairman, Adams Oshimhole, commended Uzodinma for moving the state forward through the provision of rural and urban infrastructure. He urged Imo electorate to vote for all candidates of the party.
At the rally held at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, were APC Deputy Chairman (South), Emma Enekwu, former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Idris Wase and APC National Woman Leader Betta Edu.