Osinbajo, Tinubu, Others Submit Nomination Forms At APC Secretariat

A photo combination of former Governor Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, have submitted their presidential nomination and expression of interest forms.

This comes as the ruling party extends the deadline for the submission of nomination and expression of interest forms by aspirants seeking various elective offices till Friday.

Professor Osinbajo and Tinubu – a former governor of Lagos State – were among other party faithful who submitted their forms on Wednesday at the APC Secretariat in Abuja ahead of the party’s primaries.

The Vice President was represented by the Senate Committee Chairman on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Kabiru Gaya, who also led the team that picked his forms.

Tinubu, on the other hand, was represented by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

Meanwhile, three other presidential aspirants and three governorship aspirants have also submitted their forms at the party’s national office in the nation’s capital.

They are former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and former vice-presidential candidate and popular pastor, Tunde Bakare.

While Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State is seeking re-election for a second term in office, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, are joining the race to be governors of Kebbi and Abia States respectively.

Tinubu Is Target Of Blasphemous Campaign – Media Office

Bola Tinubu spoke to reporters on February 12, 2022 during his visit to the Alake of Egbaland.
A file photo of Senator Bola Tinubu.

 

The media office of former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, has distanced the presidential aspirant from a poster depicting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the biblical Judas Iscariot.

Both Tinubu and Osinbajo, alongside other aspirants, are in the race for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the presidential election in 2023.

In a statement on Tuesday, Tinubu’s media office alleged that the sponsors of the poster intend to provoke anger against the person and aspiration of the former governor.

It, however, stated that their campaign has failed, saying it was irresponsible and insensitive political propaganda seeking to exploit religious sentiments to manipulate public perception against the APC chieftain.

According to his media office, Tinubu is married to not just a Christian but an ordained pastor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

It added that the former governor has developed a very deep fraternal relationship with Christendom at all levels, saying it was a fact acknowledged by many bishops, pastors, and parishioners.

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A poster comparing Osinbajo to Judas and accusing him of ‘betrayal’ was circulated on social media after the Vice President declared his intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Osinbajo served as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 while Tinubu was governor.

A file photo of Senator Bola Tinubu and Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Read the full statement below:

The orchestrated set-up of a poster campaign seeking to use a literary application of the Biblical story of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ to rope Asiwaju Tinubu into a storm of blasphemy is the most desperate antics of anti-Tinubu propagandists in recent times.

Our investigations have revealed that those who created the offensive poster were the same people who created the counter-campaign alleging blasphemy. Their design is to use both to provoke anger against the person and aspiration of Asiwaju Tinubu.

This campaign has failed. This is clearly irresponsible and insensitive political propaganda that seeks to exploit religious sentiments to manipulate public perception against Asiwaju Tinubu, who is ostensibly the most formidable presidential aspirant in this race.

It is widely known that Asiwaju Tinubu is married to not just a Christian but an ordained pastor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and has developed a very deep fraternal relationship with Christendom at all levels, a fact acknowledged by many bishops, pastors, and parishioners over the years.

A known Muslim, Asiwaju in words and actions has demonstrated religious tolerance and accommodation. He believes in the cardinal principle of the Nigerian Constitution that no one should suffer discrimination on the basis of creed or opinion.

Besides, as a former governor of Lagos, a state that is a microcosm of Nigeria in terms of religious diversity, his matured management of religion as a way of life, ensured inter-religious harmony in Nigeria’s most industrialised state.

It is therefore impudent to contemplate that a statesman of Asiwaju Tinubu’s standing will condone Biblical allusions that could denigrate his person or status.

These basic facts were ignored by those desperate to set Muslims against Christians through deliberate disinformation of the general public.

While we shall continue to appeal to the Nigerian people to ignore such campaigns of calumny, we reiterate our commitment to prioritise our political communication on the exposition of the truth and dissemination of our point of view with decency and regard to the feelings of Nigerians.

This is an irreducible minimum for us. We urge others to join us in this patriotic mission by shunning desperation and verbal violence in the campaign for the highest office in the land.

Tinubu Media Office,

April 19, 2022.

Abuja.

2023 Presidency: Northern Group Asks APC To Make Tinubu Consensus Candidate

Bola Tinubu spoke to reporters on February 12, 2022 during his visit to the Alake of Egbaland.
A file photo of Mr Bola Tinubu speaking with reporters.

 

A northern socio-political group, the Arewa Good Governance Crusaders wants the All Progressives Congress (APC) to nominate Mr Bola Tinubu as its consensus presidential candidate.

This comes ahead of the ruling party’s presidential primary election to elect a candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and chieftain of the APC, has since declared his interest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari when the latter’s tenure ends next year.

He would, however, contest for the party’s ticket alongside some governors, including Yahaya Bello of Kogi and David Umahi of Ebonyi, and other party leaders eyeing the highest office of the land.

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Addressing a news conference on Thursday in Kaduna, the convener of the northern group, Zubairu Mukhtar, proposed that Tinubu be made the party’s consensus candidate to ensure a rancour-free exercise.

He described the former governor as a caring leader who would take the interest of all citizens at heart, irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliation.

“We urge all stakeholders of the ruling party to adopt Tinubu as APC’s consensus presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections for the good, unity, progress, and economic development of our dear country,” he said.

“We commend the exemplary conduct, statesmanship, and patriotism of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu in ensuring unity, peace, and progress of Nigeria.”

Mukhtar commended Tinubu for cancelling his 70th birthday colloquium in honour of victims of the recent train attack in Kaduna, saying such an action was a rare show of compassion.

He also reacted to the claims that Tinubu’s age could be a disadvantage to effectively running the country if elected as president.

According to the convener, Tinubu’s experience in virtually all aspects of governance will count in giving Nigerians responsive leadership.

He added that the presidential aspirant has lieutenants and proteges with excellent brains spread across the county whom he had groomed to support him in the task to rebuild the nation.

”His (Tinubu’s) show of concern and N50 million donation to victims of Kaduna-Bound train attack all indicate that he will be a good President to all Nigerians and stick his neck for their interest.

”We want to state that he has demonstrated rare solidarity with the people of Kaduna State in ways too numerous to mention. We are aware he had to cancel his 70th birthday colloquium in respect for casualties and families of victims of the bomb attack on Abuja – Kaduna train,” said Mukhtar.

”He said the event shouldn’t hold after due consultations with the people around him and they all agreed with the foresight and thoughtfulness of Asiwaju not to stage the colloquium that has been planned for a very long time.

“We see it as a rare leadership attribute which is needed in a true leader at this material time to confront head-on the heap of challenges waiting to be solved by the next president of this country.”

2023 Presidency: I Want To Step Into Buhari’s Shoes, Not On His Toes – Tinubu

 

In his bid to become President, Senator Bola Tinubu says he wants to step into the shoes of President Muhammadu Buhari and not on his toes.

Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the remark on Wednesday during a meeting with the APC House of Representatives Caucus at the National Assembly in Abuja.

“I mentioned to Mr President of my ambition,” he said. “I told him (that) my ambition is not blind to the extent that I will step on his toes. I just want to step into his shoes and not on his toes.”

The former Lagos State governor described the National Assembly as a vital arm of government, saying the legislators had made important contributions to the unity and stability of the country.

He also commended them for sustaining the nation’s democracy as the most direct representatives of the individual constituencies at the federal level.

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Tinubu said he was in the National Assembly to seek the lawmakers’ counsel, collaboration and support for his ambition.

(FILE) President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Bola Tinubu exchange pleasantries during the APC chieftain’s visit to the Aso Villa in Abuja on January 10, 2022.

 

Before meeting with the lawmakers in the House, he had begun the consultations at the National Assembly with the APC Senate Caucus.

In his address, the APC chieftain said being with the senators brought back heartfelt memories of his time in the Senate in 1992.

“My entrance into national politics began in this building. I was first a senator and shall always consider myself part of this body,” he said.

The former governor thanked the senators for helping to advance democratic good governance and transparent elections.

He also spoke about the landmark legislation they had passed, including the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), which he said rationalised nearly all aspects of oil and gas production and the recent amendments, which included greater use of technology in the electoral process.

“I seek your partnership in my quest to become the Presidential Candidate of our party and to win the general elections in February 2023.

“This is not about gaining power. It is about securing good government for the nation. Together, the Executive and Legislative branches of this democratic tree must strive to cultivate and bring forth good fruit for the welfare of the people,” Tinubu said.

Tinubu Meets APC Senators, Seeks Support For Presidential Ambition

APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, meets with senators of the ruling party at the National Assembly in Abuja on March 16, 2022.

 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday met with the APC Senate Caucus at the National Assembly.

Tinubu, at the meeting held in Abuja, said he was at the National Assembly to seek counsel, partnership, and support of the lawmakers for his presidential bid.

He explained that the elections are coming up in February next year and he cannot do it by himself, but wants the National Assembly to back him to successfully actualise his lifetime ambition.

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The former Lagos State governor further said he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his ambition and publicly announced it.

He asked that the federal lawmakers support and help him get nominated so he can succeed President Buhari as the next Nigerian leader.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan in response said the APC Senate caucus is a major pillar of the party and has shown loyalty and commitment to the ideals of the party.

He told Tinubu that in the course of fighting for the unity of the party the lawmakers are with him.

Last week, Tinubu informed the APC caucus in a letter written to Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, which they read out on the floor at the plenary on March 8, 2022.

The presidential aspirant urged the lawmakers to meet with him to exchange ideas on how to run the country.

2023: Tinubu Will Tackle Insecurity, Revive Ailing Economy – Northern Group

Photo combination of former Lagos State Governor and leader of the northern group, Patrick Olatunji.

 

A group in the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, has endorsed former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, for the presidency in 2023, saying he is the most qualified for the nation’s number one office.

The group, known as Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support group, at its meeting in Kaduna State, said the former governor has all the qualities to tackle the myriads of socio-economic challenges confronting the nation including insecurity and an ailing economy.

Speaking during the meeting on Sunday, the Director-General of Senator Ahmed Tinubu Support group, Patrick Olatunji, described Tinubu as a detribalized person who has mentored and made thousands of people in politics and business, noting that the All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain will replicate the same when he becomes the president in 2023.

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“He has demonstrated it in Lagos State, he is prepared for the job. He is ambitious to be President, but he is prepared. He has trained many people, he has foot soldiers in all nooks and crannies in this country,” he said.

“They work for him and that is why all of us are here. By the grace of God, when he gets there, I know our problem in this country will be solved 100 per cent.

“This man has connections all over the world. When there was [an] election crisis in Osun that PDP said they won the election, he traveled abroad to get these forensic people, the first in the whole world. He used that forensic tactic to win back Osun State.”

Olatunji also said that Tinubu will revamp the nation’s power sector as well as make industries strive should be emerge as Nigeria’s president next year.

Other members of the group also said that majority of northern residents have already bought into the Tinubu 2023 presidential project on the grounds that he has the capacity to reunite and champion the country on the part of progress and also tackle insecurity.

According to them, the country still needs mature people with vast knowledge and experience like Tinubu to take it to the level of greater development and progress.

2023: Tinubu Visits Alake Of Egbaland, Says ‘We Will Make Nigerians Happy’

 

Presidential aspirant Bola Tinubu on Saturday paid a courtesy call on the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Aremu Gbadebo.

The visit is part of his consultations for the presidency in 2023.

Mr Tinubu has publicly signalled his intention to run.

He made the trip to Egbaland in company of prominent members of the All Progressives Congress, political associates and friends.

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Speaking to journalists shortly after the visit, the former Lagos State Governor assured Nigerians of better days ahead.

“My message to Nigerians is that there will always be difficult times, there will be times for joy,” he said.

“We are navigating Nigeria through a very difficult and windy period. We will survive it, we will be happy.

“We will hold on to the hope that Nigeria will be reunited, prosperous and be sufficient in benefits for the people. We will make Nigerians happy.”

2023: Unite For Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition, Sanwo-Olu Tells APC Leaders

A photo combination of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to unite to actualise the ambition of the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu had after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on January 10, formally declared his intention to run for the country’s president in 2023.

A month later, Sanwo-Olu appealed to APC leaders and members to work together to ensure that the former Lagos State Governor succeeds President Buhari in 2023. He made the appeal while on a working visit to Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area and Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on Wednesday.

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“We have a lot to be proud of in Lagos. We have a lot to make bragging right both at the state and also at the national level. We should see that sacrifice of our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will certainly not go in vain and that is why I am encouraging everyone that the journey we have started at ensuring that we have Asiwaju (Tinubu) representing us at the center is on the right course,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor also asked APC members and Lagos residents, especially the people of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government and Oriade LCDA to participate in the ongoing voters’ registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for them to exercise their civic responsibilities in the 2023 general elections.

He added, “I want to urge all traditional leaders to work with the government at local and state levels. We should work together for development in our communities. I want to encourage all other ethnic nationals – the Ndigbo Community, South-South Community and Arewa Community. I want to thank all of you for the unity, peace and progress that is enshrined in this community but I want more.

“I want us to continue to live in tolerance, peace and harmony because it is only when we do this that more community development will come to this locality and community. So, I am going to extract that from you today, that whatever misgivings that you might have among yourselves, make sure we can resolve the issues and we can enshrine a more mutually beneficial rewarding relationship among all of us.”

PHOTOS: Tinubu Returns To Nigeria After 10 Days Of ‘Consultation’ In UK

Bola Tinubu during his arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Sunday.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, has returned to Nigeria after his trip to the United Kingdom (UK).

The former Lagos governor arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Sunday.

This was confirmed to Channels Television on Monday, by his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman.

Photos of Tinubu’s arrival were also shared on his official social media handle.

Bola Tinubu during his arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Sunday.

 

“Arriving Lagos after 10 days of consultations with Nigerians and other stakeholders in the diaspora, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu promised to continue consultations in line with his intention to seek the office of The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the post read.

Bola Tinubu during his arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Sunday.

 

The former Lagos Governor, in January, declared interest in contesting the 2023 presidential election after a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.

 

He left the country in January after weeks of consultations across the country over his 2023 presidential ambition.

Before the UK trip, Tinubu had traveled to some parts of the country including Oyo, Niger, and Zamfara states to widen consultations for his political ambition.

Tinubu Not A Threat To My 2023 Presidential Bid, Says Orji Kalu


A presidential aspirant, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, says former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, will not be a hindrance to him in his bid to become the next president.

He stated this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today where he spoke about his plans for the country if elected to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Asked if he sees the former governor as a threat, Kalu answered, “No! and I am not a threat to his ambition. By the time we meet in Eagles Square, this issue will be settled.

“Mind you, politics is not only about money; it is about the people you are going to govern …  the people of the north-west, the people of north-east, the people of north-central, the people of the south-east, the people of the south-west, and the people of south-south, and we have the people. I can move the people and the people are with me.”

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Square It Out

Both Kalu and Tinubu are chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and served as governors between 1999 and 2007.

Last November, Tinubu visited Kalu at his Abuja residence where both held a meeting behind closed doors, amid speculations that the former was eyeing the highest office in the land.

Orji Kalu                                                                                                                                   Bola Tinubu

 

Barely two months after the meeting, the former Lagos State governor put an end to the rumours after he said he had informed President Buhari of his intention to succeed him.

Although Kalu admitted that he had no plan to become president when Tinubu visited him, he explained that certain circumstances prompted him to have a rethink.

“I told Tinubu that I was not going to run, that is the truth,” he revealed. “It was circumstance from the south-east, south-west, north-west, north-central, and north-east that made me decide to join the race. I was governor with him (Tinubu), there is nothing difficult in challenging anybody.

“We are all going to meet at the Eagle Square, and we will square it out there. There is no difficulty. I am the only political businessman that is first recognised as a billionaire, and I am not sure that there is anything those people can do, in terms of money, that I cannot do. I don’t think they can speak to anybody in Nigeria or in the world that I cannot speak to.”

On what President Buhari has to say about his decision, Kalu added, “I have not even discussed with the President that I want to become President.

“The Last time I met President Buhari, I was able to discuss issues that concern the nation – terrorism, banditry, and how to stabilise our country, and other major issues in the National Assembly like the electoral law.”

2023: Tinubu Visits Minna, Says IBB ‘Gave Me His Prayers’

 

A presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections, Bola Tinubu has visited Minna, the Niger State capital.

Addressing journalists on Thursday, Tinubu said he met with former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida who prayed for success for his presidential ambition.

The APC chieftain and former Lagos State Governor said his mission to the North-Central state was part of his consultations to brighten his chances of succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari, whose tenure will expire next year.

READ ALSO: 2023: Tinubu Donates N50m To Victims Of Banditry In Niger State

According to him, consultations were still ongoing and he wouldn’t stop seeking extensive consultations before the 2023 general elections.

APC presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu meets with former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (retired) in Minna on January 20, 2022.

 

“Generally, I came to Niger State to commiserate with the Governor and the people of Niger State. I can’t stop by without paying a courtesy call to the enigma General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Retired,” Tinubu said.

“So, he gave me his prayers. You want to know the outcome of the consultation? We are running a democracy, I took my decision voluntarily and I am running for the Presidency of the country, we are running a democracy, thank you very much and God bless you.

“When I made the declaration, I told you that I am still consulting and I will consult as widely as possible.”

Before visiting the former Head of State, he was at the Niger State Government House where he donated the sum of N50 million to families of victims of the recent killings by bandits on communities in Niger State this month alone.

Speaking with Governor Bello Abubakar, he decried the security situation in the country and said it can be fixed with prayers and self-belief.

He equally asked Nigerians not to see the nation’s security challenges as a hopeless situation.

See more photos from the visit below:

APC presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu meets with former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (retired) in Minna on January 20, 2022.

 

2023: Tinubu Donates N50m To Victims Of Banditry In Niger State

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Former Governor of Lagos State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has donated the sum of N50 million to families of victims of the recent killings by bandits on communities in Niger State this month alone.

Tinubu, who made the donation on Thursday when he paid a visit to the state, decried the security situation in the country and said it can be fixed with prayers and self-belief.

READ ALSO: Bandits Killed Over 200, Invaded 300 Niger Communities In 17 Days – Governor

He asked Nigerians not to see the nation’s security challenges as a hopeless situation.

“We share in your grief, I am here for the people of Niger State, hearing and reading of disasters, banditry and cattle rustling every day, just like what happened on Wednesday again,” he said.

In his remarks, Governor Abubakar Bello endorsed the presidential aspirations of the National Leader of the APC ahead of the 2023 Presidential election.

While receiving Tinubu at the Niger State Government House, said he is looking forward to seeing him lay the kind of foundation he laid for the massive transformation in Lagos for Nigeria.

“Lagos is a country within a country, and we saw the foundation you laid there, we are looking forward to seeing you replicate it for Nigeria,” he said.

Bello who appreciated the former Lagos state Governor for sympathising with the State government and people over the incessant banditry attacks.

On the security situation in the state, the governor said no where is safe in the country and recounted how some villagers in Mashegu were murdered in cold blood by bandits while observing their early morning prayers in the Mosque.

He stated, “Where are we safe, in a place of worship, people can be killed. We are not dealing with human beings, but people whose heart has been cemented for evil, no amount of talking or dialogue can change them.

“Recently, they went to a village while they were observing their early morning prayers. They locked the door and started shooting indiscriminately, killing 18 and only those that forced the door open survived and few days later they did same in another village.”

He appealed to the Federal Government to change its approach to the ongoing war against banditry and terrorism, calling for a technological driven warfare, rather than conventional approach.

“We don’t fight conventional warfare. Let’s use technology even though it is expensive, the situation can be addressed that way

“The era of sending soldiers to the forest is over when we can deploy drones to monitor movement of bandits and hit target effortlessly,” he added.