The National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, and presidential hopeful, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, picked the APC presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to participate in the party’s primary election ahead of the 2023 general election.
This took place while, Ahmed Tinubu was far away attending the Lasser hajj in Saudi Arabia. A member, House of Representatives representing Ikeja Federal constituency, James Faleke and the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal led the Tinubu Support Groups (TSG) to pick the forms .
The TSG and other admirers of the aspirant thronged the International Conference Centre to purchase the forms as an umbrella organization for hundreds of groups working to actualize the presidential ambition of fondly called jagaba, Tinubu.
Hon. Faleke, while addressing journalists said the former Lagos State governor is the only contestant that they know.
“We are here as a team on behalf of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pick the forms that he has personally paid for and because he is out of the country, he paid for his forms directly and asked us to come and pick up the forms. He is the only contestant that we know”, he said.
On the mode of primaries, the federal lawmaker said the Tinubu camp is not jittery as it is prepared for any method that would be adopted by the party.
“It is the party that has the authority to advocate for the mode of primaries. It is not in our purview to do that whatever mode, direct or indirect, we will win the election by the grace of God.
“Asiwaju at the appropriate time will deliver his address to us but I know that this country under Tinubu will be better off, economy will be better off because he is an economist, he is not a lawyer, he is an economist. He will deal with the economic situation of this country.
“He did it in Lagos, the security challenges in Lagos were solved by him, he will solve the same security challenges. He is a man who rewards loyalty, who ensures that people who work are also taken care of. He will ensure that employment opportunities are better off, the issue of strike will be a thing of the past. Civil service reform was done in Lagos, he will do it again in Nigeria and so on and so forth”, he stated.
In his remarks, the former SGF, Babachir Lawal said “Senator Bola Tinubu is a branded product”.
“Every Nigerian knows that he is the man to beat and I can assure you that the presidency of Nigeria come 29th May, 2023 will go to Tinubu.
“If we were not sure we have chances to win this election, we would not waste our N100 million. Everybody is free to buy the forms if he has N100 million. The choice is his own. He has the money.
But as far as we are concerned, we are only fulfilling the constitutional requirement of campaigning and going for election. We don’t foresee any opposition in the contest. We are not worried in our camp, I am not worried as a person.”