- The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says Atiku Abubakar abandoned Lagos when the local government allocation of the state was seized
- Tinubu says when Atiku was approached as Nigeria's vice president over the seizure, the latter did nothing to help the state
- The APC chieftain says N250 million was being take from Lagos state allocation every month as a punishment for being innovative and creative
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said Lagos state was abandoned by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, when the local government allocation of the state was seized during the latter's time as vice president of Nigeria.
Tinubu, who made the disclosure in Abuja on Friday, January 11, when he received representatives of traditional rulers from southwest states led by Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, claimed Atiku did nothing when he was approached over the seizure, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the APC chieftain said the seizure was a punishment meted out to Lagos state for being innovative.
He said: “Atiku was Vice President of this country when the local government allocation for Lagos state was seized. When we led a protest to Atiku then, he said go away. Go and comply. Without those allocation, you cannot bring development. When we said we needed power to power Lagos and the industrial base in our region, they said no.
“They were taking away N250 million from our allocation every month for being innovative and creative. Everywhere we turn, they rejected us and punished us. But we never gave up. Today, we are in that progressive development championed and led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Thank you for not looking back. Thank you for visiting and encouraging him.”
Expressing happiness over the support of the traditional rulers, he said: “I am very happy and proud of the very promising situation. When you have the endorsement of your Royal fathers, it means you have the people with you and the voice of the people is the voice of God. I am elated.”
Assuring the traditional rulers of a violence-free election, Tinubu said: “The Royal fathers spoke of the need for a peaceful election. When you have the belief that you can get a proper result, you work hard because you want peace. When you believe that you can win, you don’t want violence. We all love our children, our brothers and our followers and none of us would want our followers to become sacrificial lambs.
“We won’t encourage violent disruption of any election because we are confident of winning. Those who are crying wolf before the election have already accepted defeat before the election as far as I am concerned.”
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In his remark, Oba Ogunwusi said: “My message to Nigerians in this time of election is peace, peace and peaceful coexistence all the way. The power of every Nigerian and every electorate lies in the thumb. As traditional rulers, we are father to all and in playing that role, we pray that there should be peace in this country.
“That is what we are preaching and it is very important to all of us to know that Nigeria is greater than any of us. We should continue to preach peace and identify with good things that will be beneficial to the nation. That is why we are here."
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