- APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, took a swipe at his PDP counterpart Atiku Abubakar, describing him as a veteran aspirant
- At the APC presidential rally in Lagos on Saturday, November 26, Tinubu said Nigerians should not allow Atiku and his party anywhere near the nation's commonwealth again
- The former governor of Lagos state also spoke about his plans for Nigeria if elected as president in 2023
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Surulere, Lagos state - The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has called on Nigerians not to allow the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) anywhere near the nation's commonwealth again.
Speaking at the APC presidential rally on Saturday, November 26, at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Tinubu said Nigerians should not vote for the PDP again because of the destruction the party wrought on the country.
He also recalled how Lagos allowed him to deploy his talents for national progress and the preservation of progressive politics.
"I thank the Almighty Allah and the good people of Lagos State for a place to stand, from which I could deploy my talents to mobilise like-minded Progressives to defend this great city," Tinubu said.
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The APC presidential candidate said his party’s campaign is a broom revolution, and invoking the spirit of his late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, the Iyaloja-General, he followed up with a folksong, singing in Yoruba, "Dagunro o se je, Tinubu o se pa," meaning literally that he can not be killed.
Tinubu said he would continue with a progressive government where Nigerians will not be forgotten in education, healthcare and employment generation.
The former Lagos state governor, who spoke partly in Yoruba, took a swipe at the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, describing him as a veteran aspirant who should go home and rest.
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"Atiku contested in SDP, he contested in PDP; he contested in ACN when we rescued him from Obasanjo. Now he is contesting again in PDP. He should go home and rest," Tinubu said.
He added that Nigerians should never allow him and his party near the country's commonwealth.
"Atiku has been running. Use your PVC to vote him and his party out. Use your votes to retire him permanently this time.
"We must never again allow the rapacious and visionless gang of Peoples Destroying People to come near our commonwealth again.
"They were in government for 16 years, they didn't remember Badagry Expressway, they didn't remember East-West Road, they didnt remember 2nd Niger Bridge," he said.
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To underscore his support across the country, Tinubu noted that the Governors of Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Kwara, Kebbi and other APC governors were with him, unlike his opponent, Atiku, who could not hold his party together.
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He also used the opportunity of the rally to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the development of Nigeria and Lagos state.
"I specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the unprecedented Federal support and commitment to Lagos State. We have come a long way from Presidents whose sole obsession was to capture or conquer Lagos in do-or-die fashion, to a President who loves the state greatly and is keen to see it do very well.
"Lagos has benefited tremendously in terms of infrastructure development, whether it is the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line, or the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki Expressway, the revamped National Theatre, the new International Airport Terminal or the support that has made the Lekki Deep Sea Port possible and the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Plant, as well as the Red Line of the Lagos Metro, which is sharing part of the Federal corridor," he said.
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Addressing the massive rally on the importance of sustaining the progressive governance in Lagos state, Tinubu urged Lagosians to vote for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, for a second term.
"Dear Lagosians, my appeal to you today, is to ask you to renew the mandate of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat for another 4 years.
"Do not let the execution and implementation of the bold vision of more than two decades be aborted or suspended," he said.
For the stability of Lagos state, Tinubu called on the youths and students to vote for Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat.
"The lives of over 22 million people are too important to be subjected to tragic experiments in the hands of kindergarten politicians. Babajide Sanwo-olu and Obafemi Hamzat have been schooled in the finest tradition of people-management and development planning," he added.
Lagos governor Sanwo-Olu speaks
Welcoming the dignitaries and people of Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked Tinubu for the foundation he laid in the state and the legacies he left behind as governor, saying he is the right man for the presidency in 2023.
Governor Bagudu, who spoke on behalf of the 22 APC Governors, thanked the Lagos governor for the successful rally.
"Our party leadership and governors believe in Asíwájú and for the right reasons. The world economy has been challenged, Nigeria inclusive. We need someone of Asíwájú's standing and pedigree to take over to help the country wade through," he said.
The Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila, commended Tinubu for his investment in human capacity, saying he has developed more people than any others.
"There is a lot to be said about Asíwájú. He is the most investigated Nigerian, and nothing has been found against him," he said.
The DG of the campaigns, Governor Simon Lalong, said Tinubu has the character and capacity to lead Nigeria and ensure equity and justice in all parts of the country.
He added that with Tinubu and Shettima, Nigerians would have no cause to regret.
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Roll call: List of dignitaries at Lagos APC rally
Present at the rally were:
- APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu
- Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila
- Vice Presidential Candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima
- Chairman, Nigeria Governors' Forum and Governor of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu.
- Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaigns and Governor of Plateau State, Hon. Simon Bako Lalong
- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano)
- Governor Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina)
- Governor Dapo Abiodun (Ogun)
- Governor Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun)
- Governor Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa)
- Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq
- Governor Abiodun Oyebanji (Ekiti)
- Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola
- Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare
- former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi
There were also members of the APC National Working Committee, National Assembly members and Ministers.
Eyo Masquerade collapses in stampede at APC rally in Lagos
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that an Eyo masquerade collapsed in a stampede at the APC presidential rally in Lagos.
The masquerade was trampled upon as APC supporters at the rally struggled to catch a glimpse of Tinubu as he was being ushered in through a motorcade.
The costume worn by the Eyo masquerade who was trampled upon at the rally was destroyed, leaving his hitherto concealed face open to all.