Reports that the National leader of the All Progressives Congress and 2023 Presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has arrived Ile-Ife and met with the Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwunsi in his palace of Oodua.
He was received by the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola and his wife, Kafayat.
The is part of his visits to traditional rulers in Southwest over his 2023 presidential ambition.
Recall that Tinubu had last week Saturday visited Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sokiru Adetona in continuation of a nationwide consultation towards actualisation of his ambition to lead the country in 2023.
Tinubu who arrived at the palace of Oba Gbadebo, at 4:30p.m. told the paramount ruler and his chiefs that he elected to first visit President Muhammadu Buhari and intimate him of his presidential ambition as a necessary decision and in order not to step on toes.
He disclosed that the President afterwards advised him to also let the world – Nigerians know about his 2023 presidential aspiration.
The former Lagos State governor said he was at the palace to seek the support and blessings of the monarch towards his 2023 presidential ambition.
He was accompanied by Prof. Tunde Samuel, chief Kemi Nelson, former deputy governor Femi Pedro, James Odunbaku, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Senator Anthony Afuye as well as a host of leaders and coordinators of various groups singing ‘Tinubu for President in 2023’.
Tinubu had earlier stopped over in Ijebu – Ode, the royal home of Awujale and headquarters of Ijebu – Ode Local Government Area where he informed Oba Sikiru Adetona of his political ambition and sought the support as well as blessings of the revered monarch.
While in Ijebu Ode, he was welcomed to the palace of Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Adetona, by a crowd of enthusiastic supporters.
At the Alake’s palace, Abeokuta, Tinubu said it was the people who asked him to make himself available for the number one office in Nigeria come 2023, recalling that he had contested for a senatorial seat and governorship office in Lagos and won in all the instances.
“I contested the Senate at the youngest age ever, I won. I contested for the governorship, I won twice. Before that, I was part of the struggle for the return of democracy in Nigeria. We supported several persons for several positions, the Governor, Senate, House of Representatives, House of Assembly, chairmen of councils, councillors and helped people in several political positions in the country.
“This time, it is the people that asked me to contest for the presidency of Nigeria. When they started, I was not there and they had moved to several places.
“I have told the President, Muhammadu Buhari, that I want to step into his shoes and not his toes. When I told him, he said I should tell the world. That is what I am doing now. I need your prayers for the project.
“I am here to seek the support of Kabiyesi and the people of Egbaland not only to be the candidate of the APC but to win the presidential election and govern the country.”
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The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has listed conditions his counterpart from the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, must meet before engaging in a debate with him.
Tinubu said he would engage Obi in a debate after he released his manifesto for Nigerians to scrutinize.
Speaking through the spokesman of his campaign team, Festus Keyamo, Tinubu said Obi should also list his achievements during his tenure as governor of Anambra State before any debate can hold.
Keyamo said Obi should name any political party he formed.
He said Obi should disclose those he had mentored in politics who are still with him before asking for a debate.
“Before Obi can stand shoulder to shoulder with Asiwaju to debate, he should first release a manifesto for scrutiny; then he should list his tangible achievements as Governor of Anambra State compared to the tangible achievements of Asiwaju as Governor of Lagos State.
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There was a large turnout of supporters in Lagos State on Saturday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential and governorship campaign rally held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
Photos posted by the official Twitter account of the APC Presidential Campaign Council show hundreds of supporters seated with banners displaying the names and images of the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
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Tayo Ayinde, Baba Eto lead grassroots campaign for APC candidates
An Independent Campaign Group (ICG) has been floated in Lagos State for the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the actualisation of the presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Frontline politician and Christian leader, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, popularly known as Baba Eto, is the chairman of the independent group whose role will be complementary to the ongoing campaign of the Lagos APC.
Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, who led similar effort in 2018, is the Director General of the ICG. Ayinde will be overseeing the activities of all the directorates under the group.
The ICG was constituted purposely for the mobilisation of voters at the grassroots level towards meeting the target of five million votes for the party in the presidential candidate and to deliver votes across Lagos councils for the party’s governorship flag bearer.
Odunmbaku said the mandate of the ICG was to create a penetrating structure that would independently take the party’s campaign activities to the grassroots. He said the group’s mission was to operate from the grassroots to the top level.
He said: “Our work is a simple but technical one, because we operate from the grassroots to the top level. This Independent Campaign Group is an assembly of grassroots volunteers and mobilisers working for the actualisation of the presidential ambition of our leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, and for the re-election of our performing Governor Sanwo-Olu.
“Everyone appointed into this group has been given the charge to engage Lagosians on our message. They have shown their readiness to work and take the campaign to the voters in theirs abodes. Our operation and activities are independent of the party’s ongoing campaign but we will be working in complementary to the campaign activities of the party.”
Heads of the 60 directorates in the group were sworn in on Friday at its office in GRA, Ikeja.
Bashorun Sikiru Alabi-McFoy is the Deputy Director General. Chairman of Conference 57 in Lagos, Hon. Kolade Alabi, is the adviser to the group m.
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