Former Borno State governor, Senator Kashim Shettima, has said without the backing of the All Progressives Congress national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would not have picked the party’s ticket in 2015.
Shettima, who is one of the promoters of Tinubu’s presidential ambition, spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday, while introducing the aspirant to APC delegates from the state.
He stated, “The enemy of southern Nigeria is often not northern Nigeria, but men and women of its own stock, the Judas Iscariot of the southern race, who are ever ready to play the second fiddle.
“This is an informed gathering and I cannot talk to you about leadership; Yoruba, especially the Egba and Ijebu stocks, are some of the most educated people in Africa.
“This is the land that produced the second indigenous Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Adetokunbo Ademola; this is the land that produced Matthew Okikiola Olusegun Obasanjo; this is the land that produced Ernest Sonekan; this is the land that produced the great MKO Abiola; I can go on and on and list the names of illustrious sons and daughters, including Bola Ajibola, so many of them, Olukoye Ransome-Kuti, but this is not the appropriate time for me to start listing those names, because as I said earlier, we are living in very interesting times and for those of us in the Asiwaju team, we are moved by forest of ideas and the realisation that what this country needs is a unifying leader, who has neither ethnic nor religious agenda, and who is not bound by toxic regional solidarity and yet known for exemplary qualitative leadership, and if you look around the contenders and the pretenders for the presidency of this country, there is no one that the cap fits better than the gentleman seated here (referring to Tinubu).
“You may like what I’m telling you; you may not like what I’m going to tell you; the truth that sets man free is often the truth that men prefer not to hear. In our current dispensation, the dynamics have changed, there is no politician in the APC with the brand name, first name recognition, with the track record, with the passion for excellence that can stand toe-to-toe and even overshadow Atiku Abubakar better than Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“The Yoruba rallied round the late Obafemi Awolowo not because he was of Ijebu-Remo extraction, no; you did not rally round him as the leader of South Western Nigeria because he was a lawyer, no; you didn’t rally round him because he bore the name Jeremiah, no; you rallied round the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo fundamentally because of his penchant for excellence, the infrastructural development he brought to the South-West – the WNTV was the first coloured television station in Africa when the French were watching black and white television.
“The education and edge that he gave to the South-West are yet to be caught up with by other parts of the country and most importantly, he was a mentor of men and women, and he embraced all people, irrespective of differences in political colouration, religious participation, tribal or sectional backgrounds. He didn’t discriminate between the Ijebu and Ijesha and the Igbomina, nor did he discriminate between the Oyo and Eko.”
Shettima added, “Never in the history of Yorubaland, never in the history of the South-West, never in the history of this country have we mentored a leader greater than Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a leader of leaders, a mentor of men who have reached the pinnacle of their careers.
“The roads, the paths that took us to Asiwaju did not happen by chance. This is a man who has sacrificed his own comfort and resources for the enthronement of democracy in this country. When the nation was enveloped in darkness, when we were harvesting deaths, destruction and despair, this is a man who extended the hand of fellowship to our compatriots and I believe a lot of our younger compatriots must be in the know of Asiwaju’s memory of two decades past, when he was the fulcrum of opposition to the despotic PDP-controlled Federal Government administration.
“He was viciously witch-hunted, harassed and intimidated by the PDP-controlled Federal Government and that was the time he laid the foundation for a modern Lagos.
“I dare say that when his own contemporaries were trading their principles, when the Judas Iscariots of this world were trading their principles for some pieces of silver and a sit-at-the-table in Abuja, he was building an alternative platform for the nation.
“When others see division to exploit, he sees opportunities to build bridges, cooperation and understanding. When Atiku Abubakar, the man that Asiwaju will insha Allahu flog next year, was harassed, intimidated, dehumanised and chased out of the PDP, it was Asiwaju who provided him with a sanctuary and a platform to contest the presidency of this country in 2007. Four years later, he provided the platform to another northern Nigerian, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to contest the presidency of Nigeria.”
He stated, “I dare say that without the support of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President Buhari couldn’t have clinched the ticket of the APC; he (Tinubu) supported him (Buhari).
“Those of us from the North – I’m part of the northern establishment – the man that will come to the convention with the highest quantum of delegates, all states are equal, but some are more equal than others; he is coming to the convention with 136 delegates, he is with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the whole of the North, forget about the charlatans; in the whole of the North, I can tell you without any fear or contradiction that apart from Prof Zulum, there is no governor, no leader in the APC that has the capacity to generate two million votes on his own accord, none; I dare anyone to contradict me.
“So, I call on you in the spirit of oneness and for the collective interest of the South-West, who supported us when we needed that support, prevail on your sons, who are hell-bent on becoming spoilers, it is better and more honourable (to pull out of the race).
“Ogun, you are presenting four presidential candidates and you and I know that some cannot get more than 10 votes, but they are going to be spoilers, but I can assure you that on his (Tinubu) mandate we are going to stand.”
Shettima said the aspirants under the platform of the All Progressives Congress in the southern part of Nigeria, who he did not mention, were working against the realisation of power shift to the region in 2023.
He said there had been agitation for zoning of the presidency to the South upon the completion of the tenure of Buhari in 2023.
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Meanwhile, the Head, Buhari Media Organisation, Mr Niyi Akinsuyi, reacting, said Buhari’s emergence as President of the country was attributable to God and no human.
He noted that Tinubu did a “little bit just like many other people in the South-West, but the victory at the election was secured because of the groundswell of positive public sentiments in favour of the national movement for change led by Buhari himself.
In an interview with Saturday PUNCH, Akinsuyi noted, “Triumph in any political contest is attributable only to God, the Almighty and no human can share that credit or glory with Him.
“Without doubt, Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) did his little bit just like many other people in the South-West to rally support for Buhari in the 2015 presidential election, but the victory at that election was secured because of the groundswell of positive public sentiments in favour of a national movement for change led by Buhari who had then become the rallying figure for a new Nigeria driven by a man who had established a history of the discipline, anti-corruption and capacity to deliver on critical infrastructure.”
Some northern leaders and serving governors like Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and Babagana Zulum of Borno State have openly thrown their weights behind the emergence of Nigeria’s next President from the South.
Shettima expressed concerns that some “Judas Iscariot” from the South were “hell-bent on becoming spoilers” by scuttling the chances of the region in producing the next President.
He declared that the enemy of southern Nigeria was often not the North, but men and women from the region.
According to him, the Judas Iscariot of the southern part of the country are ever ready to play the second fiddle.
The senator also berated some presidential aspirants from Ogun State, who he said could not garner more than 10 votes, maintaining that they would end up becoming spoilers.
As of the last count, no fewer than four aspirants from Ogun State are eyeing the APC presidential ticket. They are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; former governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole; and a clergyman, Pastor Tunde Bakare.
Shettima urged the South-West to back Tinubu to pick the ruling party’s ticket, saying he remained the only man that could confront the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
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LAGOS STATE CHAPTER OF NIGERIA UNION OF PENSIONERS ENDORSE ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU FOR PRESIDENT AND BABAJIDE OLUSOLA SANWO-OLU FOR SECOND TERM
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.
Sponsored Protests Cannot Change Your Status As Sacked State Governor
– Osun APC chairman Tells Adeleke
The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has told Senator Ademola Adeleke to leave up to the reality of his Friday’s sack as the governor of the state by the virtue of the explicit judgement of the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
According to a statement issued by the Acting State Chairman of the APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in Osogbo yesterday,, the sponsored protests of both Adeleke and his party, the PDP, which were shamelessly staged in some of the states yesterday could only worsen their case instead of adding positive value to it at the appelate court.
Lawal stated that it was strange and unbelievable that Adeleke and his party could choose the option of denigrating the judiciary simply because the tribunal judgement did not go their way.
The state acting APC chairman said it was saddening that the sacked Governor Adeleke could be applauding and commending his sponsored protesters who went out to inflict inconvenience and violence on the inhabitants of the state under the guise of protesting the tribunal judgement that was not in the favour of the PDP candidate.
Lawal hinted that his own appraisal of the Adeleke-sponsored protests was an unmistakable conclusion that the sacked governor and his party are bad losers who are thinking that they can whip up the undeserved sentiment of the people in order to curry unmerited favour from the court of the public.
The state acting APC chairman said that the Adeleke sponsored protests were without any effect as there is no nexus between justice and sentiment because the law will always take its cause without the heavens coming down.
He reminded the embattled Senator Adeleke that it should dawn on him by now that he remains a sacked governor until the contrary is stated by a court of competent jurisdiction which is the Court of Appeal in this circumstance.
Lawal stated that no matter the magnitude of Adeleke’s sponsored protests and vilification and denigration of the judiciary, his current status as a sacked governor has the stamp of the law of the land.
The state acting APC chairman stated that whoever has recommended the sponsored protests for Adeleke to make up for his terrible loss at the tribunal is bereft of qualitative advice needed for someone like him who has crashed from his fraudulent political height that was witnessed at the tribunal on Friday.
In his words: “One needs not be a soothsayer to observe and conclude that you have lost this political battle and there is no known political short cut for you to get out of this self-inflicted political conundrum which has irredeemably defied any known remedy.
“I must expressly state here that it is still within the purview of your fundamental human right to approach the Court of Appeal for redress instead of sponsoring violent protests in some states across the state.
“Based on the Friday’s tribunal judgement, it is absolutely illegal for Adeleke to be talking about any mandate as the authentic election results of the July 16, 2022 governorship election has expressly shown that the PDP candidate has no mandate to flaunt to talk less of claiming any.
“It should be known that the incidence of over-voting, basis upon which Adeleke was purportedly declared the winner by the INEC as established by the tribunal, is nothing but unfair play which if left unturned is capable of setting a very bad precedent for our democracy.
“Adeleke should emulate the spirit of sportsmanship and maturity such that was displayed by the APC and Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola having felt cheated, chose lawful and legal way through which they became victorious today”, Lawal counseled.
The state APC acting chairman stated that the protests were by the sacked governor’s sponsored thugs and not the electorate who have been happy and joyous all over the state over the judgment.
Sooko TAJUDEEN LAWAL, Acting Chairman, Osun State APC.
VIDEO: JANDOR UNLEASHES TERROR ON INNOCENT LAGOSIANS
Our attention has been drawn to the reign of terror unleashed on innocent and law abiding citizens of Lagos state by the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming national elections, Jide Adediran, otherwise known as Jandor in the course of his campaign in Surulere Local Government Council of the state.
The incident left in its wake several maimed victims and three people reportedly sent to their untimely death.
We condemn in strong terms the unwarranted and unprovoked resort to violence on the citizens of the state in the name of electioneering campaign.
Lagos cherishes it’s enviable status as the safest state in the country which has been as a result of long running and painstaking investment in security through the provision of the wherewithal and incentives for security agencies.
We view this attack as a ploy to instill fear in the hearts of voters as we count down to the elections.
It’s pathetic to note that a candidate seeking to govern the state could be seen actively promoting anarchy and violence to disrupt the peace of the citizens.
It will be recalled that the suspect has been busy in the past days crying wolves in the media as he perfected his evil plans which manifested at his rally.
While we can imagine the untold misery and frustration that his faltering campaign might have visited on him, it ought not to result in the thirst for the blood of potential voters.
We hereby call on the law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident , bring the culprits to book and beef security across the state with the obvious desperation of the opposition PDP in order to forestall a reoccurrence.
We urge Lagosians to remain calm and law abiding as the state government remains irrevocably committed to its onerous duty of ensuring the safety of lives and properties of all and sundry.
Hon. Seye Oladejo
Lagos State APC Spokesperson
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