The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed his appreciation for the support of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat; and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
The former Lagos State governor stated this on Sunday during his visit to the monarch on arrival in Lagos after clinching the APC presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections.
Tinubu also urged the local government councillors and chairmen to mobilise people to vote during the upcoming 2023 general elections.
He said, “I want to say an open thank you to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, for their hard work and loyalty. Without a strong backup, you can’t have a successful leader and you cannot leave your home or office. I thank God for Lagos and the process of decision that brought these two men to lead the state. It feels happy to be back home.
“If you want to benefit from a president, you have to vote for him. It is our turn and this is not a joking matter, it is a matter of prayer and action. My charge goes to all the local government councillors and chairmen who have been working hard towards the development of the state, as it is now, we will use the votes delivered and those who registered to grade you.
“You can see how Ekiti State was filled with voters and the APC won, I pray God will help you achieve the same, to mobilise the people to vote.”
Akiolu commended Tinubu’s zeal and prayed for his victory at the presidential election.
“Most people might tell you what he wants to hear, but I am not one of them. Tinubu has the support of the people and I always urge Governor Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Hamzat to also work hard and God will continue to be with them.
“We are about to start a new journey now, and it will be beneficial. I want to tell all the youths that this administration will get them full employment and all will be well with all of us,” he said.
Among the APC leaders that accompanied Tinubu are Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Hope Uzodinma (Imo); former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima.
Thugs attack journalists
Meanwhile, Tinubu’s convoy was attacked by hoodlums during his visit to the Oba of Lagos.
The incident occurred on Sunday as the convoy drove from the palace at the Adeniji end of Isale Eko.
The hoodlums, some of whom were armed with cutlasses, threw stones and other weapons which smashed side glasses and front windshields of vehicles which conveyed journalists and the security car on the convoy.
One of the injured reporters, Adeola Ogunrinde, told our correspondent that many of her colleagues who sustained injuries in the attack have received medical treatment.
She said, “It happened at the Oba’s palace. The thugs armed with cutlasses attacked the convoy and our bus was on the tail end of the convoy and shattered its windows with stones. I was seated beside the window and some of the broken glass entered my eye.
“Our bus was damaged, so most of us sustained various injuries on our bodies. One of us even had his phone stolen. It was a terrible experience. We have been given medical attention and tomorrow I will be at the hospital.”