The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has taken a swipe at his challenger on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abukakar, describing the latter as a veteran aspirant who should go home and rest.
Tinubu said Nigerians should never allow the two-term former Vice President and his party near the country’s commonwealth because of the “destruction” the PDP brought to the country.
The APC presidential flag-bearer said the governors of Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Kwara, Kebbi states, and other APC Governors were with him unlike Atiku “who could not hold his party together”.
Tinubu said this at the APC’s presidential rally held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State on Saturday.
The former governor of Lagos State said his party’s campaign “is a broom revolution”, adding that he would continue with a progressive government where Nigerians will not be forgotten in education, healthcare, and employment generation.
He said: “Atiku contested in SDP, he contested in PDP; he contested in ACN when we rescued him from Obasanjo. Now he is contesting again in PDP. He should go home and rest.
“Atiku has been running. Use your PVC to vote him and his party out. Use your votes to retire him permanently this time. We must never again allow the rapacious and visionless gang of Peoples Destroying People to come near our commonwealth again. They were in government for 16 years, they didn’t remember Badagry Expressway, they didn’t remember East-West Road, they didn’t remember 2nd Niger Bridge.”
Tinubu further expressed his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the development of Nigeria and Lagos State.
“I specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the unprecedented Federal support and commitment to Lagos State. We have come a long way from Presidents whose sole obsession was to capture or conquer Lagos in do-or-die fashion, to a President who loves the state greatly and is keen to see it do very well.
“Lagos has benefited tremendously in terms of infrastructure development, whether it is the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line, or the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki Expressway, the revamped National Theatre, the new International Airport Terminal, or the support that has made the Lekki Deep Sea Port possible and the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Plant, as well as the Red Line of the Lagos Metro, which is sharing part of the Federal corridor,” the APC presidential candidate stated.
Addressing his supporters on the importance of sustaining the progressive governance in Lagos State, Tinubu urged Lagosians to vote for the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, in the 2023 general election.
“Dear Lagosians, my appeal to you today is to ask you to renew the mandate of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat for another four years. Do not let the execution and implementation of the bold vision of more than two decades be aborted or suspended.
“The lives of over 22 million people are too important to be subjected to tragic experiments in the hands of kindergarten politicians. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat have been schooled in the finest tradition of people-management and development planning,” he said.
Speaking at the rally, Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked Tinubu for the foundation he laid in the state and the legacies he left behind as governor, saying he “is the right man” for the 2023 presidency.
Present at the rally were the APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the party’s vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Kashim Shettima; and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; amongst others.
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