A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Segun Olulade, has said that the party needs eight more years to correct the 16 years of maladministration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Olulade, a former lawmaker also assured Nigerians that insecurity and the economic crisis in the country would end in the coming years if Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is elected as the president of the country in 2023. The frontline grassroots mobiliser spoke with OLADIPUPO AWOJOBI. Excerpts…

Some Nigerians are saying that Muslim- Muslim ticket would not augur well for our system and that the Presidential Candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, ought to have chosen a Christian as his vice presidential candidate, what is your view about this?

It is funny the way Nigerians talk about Muslim-Muslim ticket. I want to appeal to the politicians that are trying to divide the country by introducing religion into our politics to be careful. Religion should be seen as a separate entity. For instance, we have a President who is a Muslim and a Vice President, who is a Christian, yet we still have the issue of insecurity and the most affected people are Muslims. We have much insecurity in the North West, North Central and the North East. We should not mix politics with religion.

The Nigerian constitution allows the candidate of a party to choose whoever he feels would work with him seamlessly in achieving the projects, polices and manifestos of his party. It is the prerogative of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to choose whoever he considers to have the capacity and competency to deliver on his programmes. That does not mean that others might not be in that category. Even, when you want to buy anything in the market you consider certain things. Asiwaju Tinubu has chosen Kashim Shettima, who he considers suitable based on loyalty, capacity, competency and ability to deliver among other variables. We don’t talk about religion at the executive level. What is important are security, economy, infrastructure and the institutions.

Tinubu is contesting under the APC that came to power in 2015 after campaigning with “Change” mantra and “Next Level” in 2019, yet we still have several challenges in the areas of security, economy and others. How will your party convince Nigerians now that things would change after the APC must have spent eight years in office and we still have these challenges?

I don’t think that while we were coming into office we promised that the challenges we were having from 1960 to 2015 would be solved in eight years. Insecurity did not start with President Muhammadu Buhari, the economic and infrastructural challenges did not start with him. He has been addressing the issue of infrastructure, and some other issues that have positive impacts on our people. We have seen the different methods that have been used to address the issues of security and economy, so Tinubu is coming with more informed methods. He has done it before in Lagos State. When he got to office as Governor, the state was in a mess.


It was not where it is today then, there was serious insecurity in the state then and he started the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF). He came with a lot of innovations that tackled insecurity including Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) and a lot of other institutions. He started the new Lagos because the state was considered to be the dirtiest in the world then.

Those competing with him, what have they done in human and infrastructural capacity development before? Look at the economic turn around in Lagos State, where the state was realising less than N600 million IGR monthly, he raised it to about N14 billion, we had the issue of ghost workers, which was eliminated, he brought in independent power project and created Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) that took government to the grassroots. Today in Lagos State, people feel the impact of the government at the local level. The capacity of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to deliver is not in doubt.

What do you think Tinubu should do within his first year in office?

I know Tinubu very well, he has his programmes, I trust him. He has started what I expected him to do because he has started with committees and he knows the people to put there. He would do the same thing as president. You would see new ministries coming up, when he gets to office. You will see new institutions, and economic prosperity would be unleashed on the people. You will see the programmes that would put food on the table of the people. You will see a situation, where our export would be more than our import.

The PDP did 16 years, APC has done eight years, let Asiwaju Bola Tinubu do eight years for the APC after Buhari’s eight years and let us compare the two. How many of the people that served as governors the same time with Tinubu are still relevant today. That was how they said he would not emerge as the presidential candidate of the APC and he emerged. That tells you that he is a strategic man that knows how to do things. He said he did not get contracts from the government and that he did not get any ministerial appointment in the last eight years, all that he wants is to succeed President Buhari because he has the vision and the programmes.

We all know what happened before the presidential primary of the APC and with what Tinubu said in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, and with some other things that took place in Abuja before the primary it was obvious that some people did not want him. With all these, do you see the leadership of your party and stakeholders supporting Tinubu to be the president in 2023?

We observed that some cabals within and outside the party did not want Tinubu to emerge because they know that the status quo will change. He eventually emerged as the presidential candidate of the party and a lot of things have happened after that. Those that did not support him then are now supporting him today. It’s going to be a new song for the APC before the 2023 General Elections and Tinubu would become the next President of Nigeria.

Your party lost the governorship election in Osun State last month and also there seems to be a movement by the youth that the APC and PDP should give way, while they are campaigning for Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party. The issue of religion is also there as Atiku Abubakar of the PDP has picked a Christian as his running mate as he is a Muslim. Do you still see the APC winning the 2023 presidential election?

I find it funny, when people point to what happened in Osun State as if the state is Nigeria. Osun State people came out to say that they wanted Mr. Ademola Adeleke as their next governor, that is their opinion and they have that right. If they voted for Adeleke and the PDP, the Labour Party had a candidate in the state too, Yusuff Lasun, have they now agreed that the election is now between the APC and the PDP? Talking about Christian and Muslim, it is funny too because Tinubu’s wife, the closest person to him, is a Christian and some of his children are Christians. This is a marriage of over 40 years and he didn’t convert her to be a Muslim.

Religion should not be part of politics. No politician can talk about how pastors and bishops emerge and so religious bodies and leaders must leave politics for politicians, they should not be actively involved in politics. Why would someone go to the pulpit and say this is the person you should vote for? That is not in the bible, I am a Christian too.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. A Adeboye, said that he has members of the PDP, APC and those of other political parties in his church and that he would not campaign for anybody because they are all his children. He said you should vote for whoever you want. Talking about the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, he picked a Christian as running mate as someone he could work with to achieve his ambition and manifestos. Also, Alhaji Rabiu Kwakwanso of the NNPP picked Bishop Isaac Idahosa as his running mate for a purpose.

That you bear a Muslim name does not make you a Muslim, same goes for a Christian. In Christianity for instance, you must give your life to Christ and be born again before you can be called a Christian. So, I laugh at some pastors that talk about certain things that are not part of the church. Christianity is not a religion, it’s a way of life.

What assurances are you giving Nigerians that Tinubu would hit the ground running if he is voted into office as president with his alleged poor state of health, especially with the way he travels abroad for medical treatment?

It’s funny when people talk about Tinubu’s health status because I don’t know anyone that is his personal doctor to the extent of raising such issues. How can you say someone is not fit, when you have not seen his medical records? We have seen people that were not sick but died suddenly. There were footballers that died on the field like the late Sam Okwaraji.

He just slumped and died though he was fit to play a match. You say the man is not fit, yet he is the most travelled presidential candidate in the country today that has been campaigning vigorously. This is a man that will work and hold meetings in his house till 3am and by 8:am he is out again, yet we talk about his health as if we are the medical director of the hospital that he uses.

Anybody can fall sick, the last time Tinubu travelled abroad was because of a knee injury and since then he has been moving round, even after the primary elections. He is still working day and night even more than the people that are saying these things.

Tinubu left office as governor in 2007 and he is still the main issue in the nation’s political circle. Tinubu has raised many people across board. He supported the President, he raised the Vice President politically, look at Governors, Commissioners, members of the state and national assemblies and even local government chairmen that he has made. People like us are from his political school and that is why we are where we are today.

Source: New Telegraph



•Says Work Stops On The President’s Table

•Swears-In Two New Commissioners, Charges Them To Shun Distraction

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Wednesday, called on Nigerians to vote for competence in the 2023 Presidential election, adding that the faith of the Vice President doesn’t affect performance in any government.

Governor Akeredolu, who expressed confidence that the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will rescue the nation, noted that the work stops on the President’s table.

“Muslim-Muslim Ticket has nothing to do with performance. Let’s vote for someone that can do something. The work stops on the table of the President. It is the President that you are voting for. He decides what happens. Whether it’s a Muslim/Muslim or Christian/Christian, it should not matter to us in the South because we fought for this.

“I have no doubt that given the opportunity, from what he has done in Lagos, Asiwaju Tinubu will turn things around for the better.”He said.

The Governor spoke at the swearing-in of two new commissioners, held at the at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, the State capital.

The new Commissioners are Mr. Sowore Akinwumi Samson and Mr. Ologbese Adeboboye Joseph.

He charged them to shun distractions from members of their families, friends and political associates.

Governor Akeredolu said he was excited to have personalities imbued with the requisite capacity for the advancement of the cause of good governance.

He stressed that his administration will always be bold to demand commitment and loyalty which must be absolute, adding that his administration commenced a political journey on the path of rectitude.


“As we coast towards fulfilling our promise of redemption, we shall not condone any acts which give the faintest hint of disloyalty and dishonesty. We have always placed the people at the centre of all activities. We shall not depart from this path of honour.

“Our resolve to protect the lives and property of those who gave us the mandate to serve was tested in a most horrific manner recently.

“Some cowards sent a message in acknowledgement of our role as a major catalyst in the renewed and determined quest to deepen the current democratic experiment in the country.

“Our stance has attracted considerable approbation among our countrymen and women, who appreciate the need for reasoned and ceaseless interventions in our bid to situate the current democratic practice within the acceptable norms in the modern world.

“We are not unaware of the enormous threat which our stance poses against the hegemonic agenda of some elements. Though shaken by the scope of the horrendous crime, we remain unbowed and focused.” He said.

The Governor said he’s determined to stamp out the roots of evil, planted by those whose design is to create confusion among the various groups of the people,

Arakunrin Akeredolu, who noted that the signs are ominous, assured that the collective resolve of the people will defeat perfidy ultimately.

“We are encouraged by the ceaseless stream of evocations expressing, not only approval of our modest inputs to protect lives and property in the discharge of our immediate mandate in Ondo State, but also, and more importantly, messages delivered by organisations, coupled with the actual visits and donations by prominent and revered patriots in solidarity with the government of Ondo State and, especially, the Olowo-in-Council and the people of Owo Kingdom on the horrendous crime committed in the ancient Kingdom against the people have been soul-lifting.

“We equally express profound gratitude for the condolence messages received from foreign missions, the Federal and State Governments, numerous individuals within the country and from across the globe.

“We are grateful indeed that all of us shunned partisanship and stood against barbarism. We are determined to stamp out the roots of evil, planted by those whose design is to create confusion among the various groups of our people. The signs are ominous but our collective resolve will defeat perfidy, ultimately.” He said.

Governor Akeredolu, who admonished the new Commissioners to discharge their duties creditably, stressed that his administration will discourage, actively, all disgraceful acts which seek to shortchange the people.

The event was attended by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa; Members of the State Executive Council led by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu; Chief Judge of the State, Justice Williams Akintoroye; APC State Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin; the Kalasuwe of Apoiland, Oba (Professor) Adejimola Amuseghan, among several other dignitaries and top government functionaries.

Spouses of the new commissioners and family members were also in attendance.