Oodua Peoples Congress New Era came in their hundreds to endorse the presidential ticket of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the 2nd term bid of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for the 2023 elections. The Yoruba socio-cultural defender group converged on 58/60 Oduduwa Crescent, GRA Ikeja today the 31st January.
The Director General of the Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu-Shetima and Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC), Mr. Tayo Ayinde thanked the gathering for conducting themselves in such a way that portrayed them as true offsprings of Oduduwa.
He noted that he was happy to see Oodua Peoples Congress New Era supporting the cause of a Yoruba man wanting to be the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr. Tayo Ayinde announced to the gathering that a directorate will be inaugurated that will be strictly for Oodua People Congress New Era enclave where their president will hold forth as the director, and the directorate shall have all the units for smooth operations.
The Chairman of the ICC, Cardinal James Odunmbaku said everyone should be prepared to vote massively for the Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat Tickets, together with all other APC Candidates across the State.
In a symbolic manner, demonstrating the group’s readiness, Bishop Ehindero handed over Aare Razak Arogundade Sadam to Cardinal James Odunmbaku, the Chairman of the Independent Campaign Council, Director General, Mr. Tayo Ayinde and GAC Member Senator Anthony Adefuye.
The President of Oodua Peoples Congress New Era, Aare RazaK Sadam reiterated that it is now a new era for Oodua Peoples Congress, he says they have decided to stick to the All Progressives Congress agenda. He openly declared the group’s endorsement for the presidential ticket of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the re-election bid of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
Dignitaries at the event were Mr. Tayo Ayinde, the Director General of ICC, Senator Anthony Adefuye Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, Chief Sikiru Alabi-Macfoy, Vice Chairman of ICC, Mrs. Folashade Onajobi Women Mobilization Directorate, Bishop Oguntuase, Christian Affairs Directorate, Aare Razak Arogundade Sadam President of Oodua Peoples Congress New Era among others.
The Lagos State Chapter of Retirees and Pensioners Association on the 30th January, 2023 made an open declaration in support of the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the second term bid of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu at NECA House, Alausa CBD ,Ikeja.
Prior to the declaration of support, the members of the union had in their hundreds took a walk of about 200 meters in which various banners were displayed showing inscriptions in support of the All Progressives Congress candidates.
Representing the Governor was the Secretary to the State Government Mrs. Folashade Sherifat Jaji who thanked the gathering for deeming it fit to throw their support behind Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu. She reminded them of the need for all registered voters to have their PVCs collected.
On her part, Mrs. Ajibola Ponle who is the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions highlighted the positive impacts the State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu had made and what he is doing in the state in the area of Infrastructural Development, Education, Health, Transportation and many more.
Other speakers were Mr. Kola Peregrino the Deputy Director General who represented Mr. Tayo Ayinde the Director General of Independent Campaign Council. Peregriho attributed the successes recorded in Lagos State as the brainchild of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He submitted that Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has truly performed beyond expectations since he assumed office three and half years ago.
Furthermore, the Chairman of Nigeria Labour Union Lagos State chapter Ms Agnes Sesi addressed the gathering in a more pragmatic way, saying the Lagos State workers remain far ahead their counterparts across the country in terms of governmental support. She was bold on this because according to her, she compares notes from time to time with other states’ Labour Union leaders. She, therefore, urged the pensioners to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president and work for the re-election bid of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
Also, in his remarks, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners Lagos State enclave Rev. Remi Johnson acknowledged the steadfast commitment of government to the plight of pensioners. He advised all his colleagues – pensioners to get their Permanent Voter Card (PVCs) and vote for the candidates of All Progressives Congress in the coming elections.
The event was facilitated by the Directorate of Grassroots Engagement of Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu-Shetima and Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat (ICC) ably led by Hon. Ladi Balogun.
Dignitaries who witnessed the endorsement were Secretary to the State Government Mrs.Folashade Sherifat Jaji, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions Mrs. Ajibola Ponle, Commissioner for Physical Planning Dr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Deputy Director General ICC Mr. Kola Peregriho, Chairman NLC Ms. Agnes Sesi, Chairman Nigeria Union of Pensioners Lagos State Rev. Remi Johnson, and Director Directorate of Grassroots Engagement ICC Hon. Ladi Balogun among others.
The All Progressive Congress Party (APC) Local Organizing Committee, Ikorodu Division, officially flagged off Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for second term in office, Senator Tokunbo Abiru for Senate Lagos East Senatorial District, Rep. Babajimi Benson for House of Representatives Hon. Abiodun Moshood Aro (AMA), for Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency II, Hon. Ogunleye Gbolahan Adetokunbo for Ikorodu constituency 1 Campaign at the Alajede’s Palace Pavilion.
The Executive Chairman of Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, Bldr. Olusesan Daini who was the anchor of the campaign flag off The Council Boss took the gathering on a memory lane of the long-term effects of PDP’s sixteen years of lousy policy implementations on Nigeria’s economy, human capital and infrastructural development.
He further stated that the effects would soon elapse when Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu becomes the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State Government and member of the Lagos Advisory Council in his remarks, he urged the gathering to vote for all the APC candidates.
Sen. Adetokunbo Abiru in his remarks congratulates the people of Ikorodu Constituency II for the choice of AMA and appealed to the people to support and vote for the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and all candidates of the APC.
Also speaking at the event is Rep. Babajimi Benson, member of the Federal House of Representatives urged the gathering to expect transformation from the APC Government when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President.
The Chairman House Committee on Defense implore the people to vote massively for Asiwaju Tinubu as President, Sen. Tokunbo Abiru for Senate, his humble self, Hon. Babajimi Benson for Federal House of Representatives, Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu as Lagos State Governor, Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye for Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency I and Hon. Abiodun Moshood Aro (AMA) for Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency II.
Hon. (Mrs) Motunrayo Gbadebo-Alogba who was the host Chairman in her own remarks “With your PVC vote for All Progressives Congress, Vote for all our candidates, for a greater Nigeria, for a greater Lagos State, For a greater Ikorodu Division.”
The immediate past Chairman of Ijede LCDA, Hon. Fatiu Jimoh Salisu also addressed the people and reiterated the importance of voting for all APC Candidates in the forthcoming elections.
In attendance at the program was former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, Apex Leaders, and other stakeholders.
In attendance also was Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe, Hon. Gbolahan Adetokunbo Ogunleye , APC Constituency, Ikorodu I, former APC Lagos East Vice Chairman, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, Dr Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Hon Adebimpe Akinsola, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, Alhaji Rilwan Ishola Jinadu, Hon. Gbolahan Adetokunbo Ogunleye, Hon. Wasiu Adeshina, Builder Deola Banjo, Builder Olusesan Daini, Hon. Wasiu Agoro, Hon. Motunrayo Gbadebo-Alogba, Agboyi-Ketu Council Chairman, Mayor Dele Oshinowo, and other prominent APC Leaders across Ikorodu Division.
The Abiola Mandate Group has endorsed the presidential candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and declared their full support for Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on his second term bid as Governor of Lagos State during a press conference organized by the group in the homestead of the late business mogul and politician Aare Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola on MKO Abiola Crescent, off Toyin Street, Ikeja today 28th January,2023.
The chairman of Abiola Mandate Group Alhaji Olalekan Abiola pronounced the group endorsement of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential bid and Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s second term bid while addressing the press in the presence of family members, members of the Abiola Mandate Group, and the representatives of the leadership of Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu-Shetima and Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat.
He emphasized that the Mandate Group structure shall work in tandem with the ICC across Lagos State and Nigeria at large.
Alhaji Olalekan Abiola said that his father was a progressive during his life time. He submitted that his father ran for the presidency of the country, though he won but was not given the mandate.
He went further to eulogize Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s examplary life of love to people from all clans in the country. He stated once again that Asiwaju Tinubu was a staunch follower of his father.
On his part, the Director of Grassroots Engagement Directorate of Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat, Hon. Abdulbaq Ladi Balogun who led the ICC delegates to the venue described Basorun M K O Abiola as a Great Leader who inspired the current national leader and the presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be a rugged lover of the masses. He noted that what Asiwaju had done in Lagos during his 8 years as governor shall be replicated in Nigeria.
Dignitaries at the event were Alhaji Olalekan Abiola, Hon. Ladi Balogun, Mrs. Sherifat Abiola, Hon. Babatunde among others.
The Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC)
Lagos Woman Dance a socio-cultural organization with membership across Lagos State converged on 58/60 Oduduwa Crescent, GRA Ikeja to announce their endorsement of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and also the second term bid of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
Representing the Director General, the Director in the office of the DG Mr. Akinduro Ibesanmi appreciated the group for coming. He admonished them to reach out to all in their household and neighbours with the good news that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the man for the job and that a good term of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu deserves another as governor of the state.
The Director of Women Mobilization Directorate Mrs. Folashade Onajobi expressed her joy on the massive turnout of the group members. She assured them that their commitment shall not be taken for granted.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Lady Angela the group founder stated that the members, numbering over a thousand people, are ready to give their votes to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu come 25th February and 11th March general elections respectively .
The event was witnessed by Leaders of the Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shetima and Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat (ICC) among whom were Mr. Akinduro Ibesanmi who represented the Director General Mr. Tayo Akinmade Ayinde, Mr. Wale Adelana of the Directorate of Ethnicity Affairs.
The Nupe Community in Lagos State is set to deliver massive number of votes for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for Second Term and all other candidates of the APC across the State.
The Director General of the Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shetima and Sanwo-Olu/ Hamzat 2023, Mr. Tayo Ayinde noted that the Government of Lagos State has delivered on Campaign promises made during the campaign season.
Ayinde noted that Legacy Projects President Muhammadu Buhari just commissioned in Lagos such as the Lekki Deep Sea Port, the Lagos Rice Mill Imota, the John Randle Center for Yoruba Culture History, shows that Mr Governor is changing the face of Lagos State positively to the world.
The Director General noted that the Progress seen across the State is contained in the Blueprint initiated by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during his days as Governor of Lagos State.
Speaking at the event, Member Federal House of Representatives (Ikorodu), Hon. Babajimi Benson, appreciated the gathering and the leadership of the Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shetima and Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat 2023.
He noted that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next president of the country will bring progress to the country and Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu second term is non-negotiable. He encouraged the group to get their PVCs and go out there to vote.
Dignitaries at the event were Mr. Tayo Ayinde, the Director General of ICC, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, Chairman of ICC, Hon. Babajimi Benson, Member Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Wale Adelaja , Director Ethnicity Affairs Directorate, Hon. Ajisebutu, Alhaji Sharu Patako, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan former Commissioner for Information and host of others.
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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.
A foremost and largest grassroots political mobilization group, National Coalition of Tinubu Support Groups (NCTSG) Amalgamation of over 300 accredited Bola Tinubu support groups has unveiled a platform to galvanize, mobilize & muster 25 million eligible voters signatures as political support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Distinguished Senator Kashim Shettima Presidential ticket under the banner of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.
Rising from it’s national executive council meeting which drew participants from 10 diaspora countries and Nigeria leadership, notably United States of America Represented by the Coordinator Sir. Ade Johnson, his Deputy Mr. Ayowie Ayobahan, secretary – Hon Olamilekan Ojo Mathins, United Kingdom represented by the Coordinator – Mr. Gbenga Ogundipe, his Deputy Barr. Lawrence Obiajunwa & Secretary – Barr. Kunle Solaja, Canada coordinator- Hon. Omotayo Olanrewaju , UAE – Dr. Muhammed Garba, Brazil Coordinator- Mr. Akanbi Fatai Valentine and others While Nigeria representatives were Com. Nelson Ekujumi- National Publicity Secretary, All the 6 Zonal Coordinatots Alh. Rufai Monguno – North East, Hon. Johnbull Adebanjo Adesanya- South West, Alh. Lawal Baure- North West , High Chief Ozovehe Donald – North Central, Chief Com. Okozie Dayo Ndubuisi- South East, Princess Magdalene Olley – South South, High Chief Adebisi Abraham – National Financial Secretary, Com. David Oluokun – National Youths Leader, Hon. Lady Tina O. agbahra – National Women Leader, Barr. Henry Mokwonye – National Legal Adviser, Hon. Tunde Sojinu-National Treasurer, Hajia Zainab Kaka Aliyu- Deputy National Women Leader and All the 36 States Coordinators which held on 3rd August 2022, the group unveiled the platform which had been conceived since October, 2019 to it’s members with a promise to officially launch it to the general public later in the month.
According to the global director general of the organization, Dr. Doyin Johnson, “The unveiling of the platform is one among several others initiatives to be embarked upon by the group ahead of the 2023 general elections to galvanize, mobilize and garner 25 million eligible voters to cast their ballot for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Distinguished Senator Kashim Shettima presidential ticket”.
Speaking further, Dr. Doyin Johnson extolled the character and achievements of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed “As a political juggernaut whose footprints in Nigeria’s democracy remains unmatchable and thus propels him as the most suitable, capable and qualified leader to take Nigeria to greater heights and assume her rightful place in the comity of nations.
The global director general and convener of the National Coalition of Tinubu Support Groups, Dr. Doyin Johnson also went down memory lane in reeling out the indelible landmark achievements of the Tinubu administration in Lagos State between 1999-2007 and which remains the compass for successive administrations thereafter in lifting Lagos State to be the fourth largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Doyin Johnson made it known that members of the coalition have continued to append their signatures of votes for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Distinguished Senator Kashim Shettima 2023 presidential ticket on the platform since it was opened on 3rd August, 2022 and are mobilizing their friends, colleagues, associates, family members and Nigerians generally to do the same which is a testimony of the general acceptance and belief in the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Distinguished Senator Kashim Shettima joint presidential ticket.
On the platform which has many features meant to awaken and ignite the political consciousness of Nigerians, Dr. Doyin Johnson called on Nigerians to use the platform as a springboard to galvanize and mobilize support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Distinguished Senator Kashim Shettima APC 2023 presidential ticket which is a pan Nigerian ticket, when it is eventually made public in August 2022
He concluded that Nigerians should not be discouraged by the activities of the fifth columnists who can not win their pooling booths not to talk of the ward with no good nor sellable track records to govern the country in the midst of the security challenges and difficulties confronting the nation nor point to few numbers of their followers they uplifted to the page of national leaders, but are futilely busy painting Asiwaju Bola Tinubu bad colours
The Deputy Senate President and Delta APC Governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has felicitated with Senator Kashim Shettima on his emergence as Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 General Elections.
In a congratulatory message personally signed by him, Senator Omo-Agege described the APC Vice Presidential candidate as detribalized and visionary, and a major plus for the APC Presidential ticket.
He recalled how the former Borno State Governor and lawmaker representing Borno Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, played a key role in his own emergence as Deputy Senate President in 2019.
“He was and continues to be a major player, not only in the National Assembly but in our nation at large. He is a large hearted and forward looking leader, inclusive in perspective and shorn of all bigotry. Our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, couldn’t have made a better choice.
It is no surprise, Omo-Agege added, “that the Borno State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has immediately risen support of Shettima’s selection as Tinubu’s running mate.”
He noted that the APC Vice Presidential candidate is hospitable to other faiths and ethnic groups, and that this was evident during his tenure as Governor of Borno State from 2011 to 2019.
“As governor of a dominantly Kanuri state, he had amongst his closest aides, an Ibo Christian from Anambra State, an Urhobo Christian from Delta Central Senatorial District, a Christian from Edo State, a Yoruba Christian from the Southwest, a Fulani man from Gombe and a Hausa man from Zamfara,” he said.
He said that the Vice Presidential candidate is a forthright, vocal and outspoken politician who speaks truth to power.
“Senator Shettima is a dogged professional, a rare breed banker, an agricultural economist and politician who is an inspiration to a new generation of leaders.
“His rich profile in Executive and Legislative business, public and corporate governance will always be useful in steering the ship of state. I call on Nigerians to rally round the Tinubu/Shettima ticket and vote massively for APC in all positions at the 2023 General Elections. “
Ima Niboro Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Delta APC Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation.
. . . THEIR COMBINED COGNATE EXPERIENCES & EXCELLENT TRACK RECORDS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND PUBLIC GOVERNANCE WILL ENSURE A SECURED, UNITED AND PROSPEROUS COUNTRY.
The Indomitable Tinubu Support Organisation (ITSO), a national political network championing the electoral victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Presidency, has described the emergence of the duo of His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and His Excellency, Senator Kashim Ibrahim Shettima as presidential and vice presidential candidates respectively, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as a combination of patriotism, experience and competence for a greater Nigeria.
The group made this known in a media statement signed by its Director-General, Hon. Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun.
While expressing excitement at the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as Asiwaju Tinubu’s running mate in the 2023 presidential election, Balogun stated that the nation is bound to experience rapid economic and social growth; noting that Tinubu is a visionary leader with extensive experience in governance and practical socio-economic solutions while Senator Shettima is an embodiment of humility, courage and integrity, all attributes which Nigeria currently needs to help solve the challenges of insecurity and slow economic growth.
“We are strongly optimistic of the electoral values of Tinubu/Shettima as flagbearers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election and governance success of the duo at the helms of affairs in this country, post-buhari administration.
Both Tinubu and Shettima have had the rare privileges of combined experiences as former governors and national legislators with excellent performances. The duo will bring to bear on national governance, their executive and legislative experiences and ensure all arms of government enjoys cordial inter-dependent relationship needed for rapid infrastructural, political, social and economic growth.”
The group commended Asiwaju Tinubu for applying wisdom in nominating a worthy running mate from the pool of strategic choices available and for considering the opinions of elders, leaders and other stakeholders in the Nigeria project before arriving at this momentous decision to rekindle hope FOR A GREATER NIGERIA.
“Asiwaju has once again demonstrated his exceptional ability to identify and nurture brilliant minds, justifying his being referred to as “Talents Transformer and Builder of Men”.
Senator Shettima is a natural born leader whose sterling qualities are exceptional. He is disciplined, prudent, honest and can best be described as a bastion of hope, courage, and an epitome of humility to anybody who comes close to him”.
Balogun urged Nigerians to get their Permanent Voters Card and cast their votes, come 2023, for the APC candidates and particularly, to ensure the choice of the courageous democrat, master strategist, uncommon unifier, bridge builder, solution provider, financial surgeon, institutional builder, futuristic youth advocate, gender-friendly, friend of the masses and patriotic statesman – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as Nigeria’s next president from May 29 2023, for UNCOMMON PROGRESS OF NIGERIA.