2023: Tinubu, Shettima Silence Opponents at APC Rally in Lagos
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By: Mohammed Kaka Misau
The opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and metaphorical Labour party, led by Atiku and Obi, thought they had the support to compete with the Jagaban and his running mate Kashim Shettima before the APC’s gathering in Lagos. However, since the Alaba Rago affair, where the APC golden boy made history by supporting Tinubu in the Hausa Community prior to the mega rally, there have been rumblings about what will transpire at the Lagos gathering. Road closures for gatherings like the one for Tinubu and Kashim Shettima’s rally in 2023 have never occurred in Lagos State.
The APC Presidential Campaign kicked off with a rally on Saturday in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere. A closer inspection of the group showed that Tinubu and Shettima had been working while the others slept. I predict that APC will win by a landslide, and it will take the opposition a long time to bounce back. Sad for Atiku is that he has been at odds with five governors who ostensibly ought to be on his side, and the PDP has become cancerous as a result of the prolonged dragging. The Obidients movement has an additional impact on the PDP. It was and will continue to be a gathering of jokesters for the Obidients.
Hurricane is the APC. On first glance, sweeping 22 states is already a possibility. As the nation comes closer to 2023, the man, who they refer to by all names, is providing them what they bargain for and reducing them to nothing more than a drumbeat. They will ask you how old he is, Femi Gbajabiamila said of Tinubu during the Lagos State APC presidential rally. Inform them that he is the age his mother told him to be. Tell them to meet his mother to clarify if they are still unsure about his age.
“If they assert that he is uneducated. Inform them that he is smarter than each contender combined.
“If they inform you that he is sought after in America. America has frequently claimed that they lack subject matter expertise. Tell them that despite being the subject of the most investigations in Nigerian history, there has been no evidence of corruption against him.
Due to their financial plight and desire to get ahead, they (the opposition) will say anything. Their time is over, though, as Tinubu has urged Nigerians to never again let the Peoples Democratic Party anywhere close to the nation’s commonwealth due to the havoc the party has wreaked.
He said: “I appreciate Almighty Allah and the good people of Lagos State for giving me a platform from which to mobilize like-minded Progressives to defend this magnificent metropolis.”
The APC presidential candidate declared that his party’s campaign is a “broom revolution” and then sang a traditional Yoruba song, “Dagunro o se je, Tinubu o se pa,” which literally means that he cannot be slain, invoking the spirit of his late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, the Iyaloja-General. A progressive government, according to Tinubu, will ensure that Nigerians are taken care of in terms of healthcare, education, and job creation.
The former governor of Lagos State, who spoke in part Yoruba, attacked Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, calling him an experienced contender who ought to return home and relax. “When we liberated Atiku from Obasanjo, he ran for office in the SDP, PDP, and ACN. He is running once more in the PDP. He ought to return home and relax “Adding that Nigerians must never permit him or his group to come close to the nation’s commonwealth.
“Atiku is now moving. Vote him and his party out with your PVC. This time, use your votes to force his irreversible retirement. Never again shall we permit the voracious and blind gang of Peoples Destroying People to approach our nation. They served in office for 16 years, but during that time they forgot about the Badagry Expressway, the East-West Road, and the second Niger Bridge.”
Tinubu emphasized that the governors of Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Kwara, and Kebbi, as well as other APC governors, were behind him, in contrast to his opponent, who was unable to keep his party united. Tinubu once more took advantage of the gathering to express his gratitude to President Buhari for his dedication to the advancement of Nigeria and Lagos State.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the extraordinary Federal commitment to the support of Lagos State. From presidents whose only focus was to do-or-die seize Lagos to one who genuinely loves the state and wants to see it succeed, we have come a long way.
“Lagos has greatly benefited from the development of infrastructure, whether it be the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line, the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki Expressway, the renovated National Theatre, the new International Airport Terminal, or the support that has made the Lekki Deep Sea Port and the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Plant possible, as well as the Red Line of the Lagos Metro, which is sharing part of the Federal corridor,” he said.
Tinubu asked Lagosians to vote for Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, for a second term while addressing the large crowd on the significance of maintaining the progressive administration in Lagos State.
“Please consider extending Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat’s terms of office by an additional four years. Do not abandon or halt the daring vision’s execution and implementation after more than 20 years.”
Asiwaju Tinubu urged the young and students to vote for Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat in order to maintain the stability of Lagos State.
“More than 22 million people’s lives are too precious to be used as a test subject for disastrous experiments by kindergarten politicians. Obafemi Hamzat and Babajide Sanwo-olu were educated in the best traditions of human resource management and development strategy.”
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, national chairman of the party, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, Senator Kashim Shettima, vice presidential candidate, and Atiku Bagudu, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and governor of Kebbi, were all present at the event.
Additionally, Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, and Abiodun Oyebanji were present. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign (Ekiti). Additionally present were former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare
Ministers, National Assembly members, and members of the APC National Working Committee were also present.
Governor Sanwo-olu welcomed the dignitaries and residents of Lagos and commended Aswáj for the state’s foundation and the legacy he left behind as governor, stating he is the best candidate for the president in 2023.
In his remarks, Governor Bagudu commended the governor of Lagos for the rally’s success on behalf of the 22 APC governors.
“Our party’s governors and leadership support Aswáj for the correct reasons. Nigeria included, the global economy has experienced difficulties. To guide the nation through, we require a leader with Aswáj’s stature and pedigree “said he.
Aswáj Tinubu has the character and ability to govern Nigeria and provide equity and justice for all areas of the country, according to the director general of the campaigns, Hon. Lalong. He also added that Nigerians will not regret electing Aswáj and Shettima.
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