The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has called on the electorate to reject the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, with their Permanent Voter Cards, (PVCs) during the February Presidential election.
Tinubu described Atiku as a selfish person that never meant well for Nigeria.
He therefore urged the electorate to reject him at the poll.
Speaking at a rally organised for him and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, by the Lagos State chapter of the APC Campaign Council, Asiwaju Tinubu said Atiku was part of the PDP’s misrule of Nigeria for 16 years, and wondered why the party could not fix most of the challenges facing the country when in power.
Specifically, Tinubu queried why the PDP government abandoned the second Niger bridge, the Badagry Express road and the East – West Road.
He urged the electorate to retire Atiku with their votes in 2023 general election, because he has been vying for presidential position since 1999 and by now, he ought to have retired
“Since 1999, Atiku has been aspiring to be Nigerian president, at a time he contested in Action Congress, he contested on the platform of the APC, PDP, he is an ingrate, tell him to go and sit down at home, use your PVC to flog him, tell him to go and retire.
“Don’t listen to what he is saying. He said he is running to better Nigeria’s future.He was in government for 16 years, they forgot reconstructing the Badagry Express road, they didn’t remember the Second Niger Bridge.He is an ingrate”, Tinubu said.
Tinubu was accompanied to the campaign ground by the national chairman of his party, Senator Abdullai Adamu, the Director General of his Presidential Campaign, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu, who led the 22 progressives governors of APC to the venue of the rally.
Tinubu expressed his determination to overcome all odds, saying nobody can kill him because of his presidential ambition.
Speaking earlier at the rally, the Director General of Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Lalong thanked Nigerians for giving his party the best candidate and the most suitable candidate for the position of president of Nigeria.
He explained that Asiwaju Tinubu had prepared himself for the post of president of Nigeria over the years by building bridges across Nigeria, adding that, that was why anywhere one goes in the country,people were ready to support Tinubu’s presidential ambition and he was always subject of discourse.
He said Tinubu has the capability to run Nigeria on the basis of equity and justice.
“I appealed to the people of Lagos State not to be deceived by any candidate who makes empty promises, rather vote for Tinubu because of what he has done in the past especially in Lagos.
“President Muhammadu Buhari asked me to tell you to remain focused,and give more votes to the APC, more than the one you gave him in 2019, ” Lalong said.
Bagudu who spoke on behalf of the Progressive Governors urged the electorate to put their hope in Asiwaju Tinubu.
According to him, the 22 APC governors have a strong belief in Tinubu.
“It is not just voting for Tinubu, but to carry the message of the 22 governors of APC that our party believes in Tinubu, and all of us, the APC governors, believe so much in Asiwaju Tinubu for the right reasons.
“Asiwaju Tinubu has done so much to improve the economy of Lagos State and made Lagos State more developed,” he said.
In his welcome address, the Chief host and Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is seeking re-election alongside his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, thanked Asiwaju, for being the architect and builder of modern Lagos .
” We thank you for building what we’re all enjoying today, for having the vision, the character, the tenacity to push forth an idea into a plan that has birthed the new Lagos today,” he said.
“Asiwaju has had a reputation as an advocate, a champion of unity, and a man that as continued to stand for the creation of our country.
“We can see this, of course, from all of the outstanding things that he has been doing both on a professional level and within his political career.
“His reputation stands tall amongst his peers and we will continue to derive from his wealth of experience in Lagos in the past 23 years”, Sanwo-Olu said.
Sanwo-Olu said having worked closely with Tinubu, the former governor had proved himself to be a man with a fountain of knowledge.
The governor argued that based on his assessment, Tinubu was the best man for the job of president.
Present at the rally were the Director General Tinubu Campaign organization in Lagos State who was also the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the well attended rally, Senator Ganiyu Solomon; Ministers, national assembly members and party leaders across the states of the federation.