APC Ticket: When I Was Almost Fed Up, I Resorted To Prayers – Tinubu



 

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has recounted the struggle to emerge as the flagbearer of the ruling party in the 2023 general elections.

Recalling that his victory at the party’s presidential primary did not come easy, he said he fought a hard battle to clinch the ticket.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, relived his experience on Sunday when he paid a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, at his palace to receive royal blessings shortly after he returned to the state.

“There is no Lagos indigene that has had the opportunity to become President of Nigeria, despite the contribution of the state to the national stability and progress,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by Mr Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

“The highest position attained by any Lagosian in national leadership is the position of Chief Judge of the Federation. I took up the fight to break this jinx. The battle to secure the APC ticket was hard. When I was almost fed up, I resorted to prayers. I also poured out my mind when I felt there was a gang up against my person. Thank God that I have brought home the presidential ticket.”

The APC presidential candidate added, “The task ahead is to galvanise our people to get their voter’s cards and vote to enable us realise this ambition.

“Getting our people to vote is the most important task before all of us. We need to take this message to our people across communities and sensitise them on the need to vote in the general elections.”

APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu said his victory at the party’s primary election came as a surprise to him.

Akiolu, in his response, described Tinubu as his “stubborn son”, saying it was time for political leaders in South West to close ranks and work for the victory of Tinubu at the 2023 presidential election.

He stressed that the massive support received by the APC chieftain across the country must be complemented by politicians in the region.

“Your emergence as the presidential candidate of your party is the beginning of another journey in your political career,” the monarch said. “All Yoruba ancestors shall be with you on this journey to make our fatherland a better place.”

Tinubu left the palace to his house on Bourdillon Road in Ikoyi, where some APC governors led by the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu, were waiting to receive him.

Earlier, all roads leading to the presidential wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) were a beehive of activities as supporters trooped to the airport to receive Tinubu.

Tinubu’s arrival in the state is the first since he won the APC presidential ticket. His aircraft touched down in Lagos in the company of some notable APC leaders.

Various groups of artisans, women, and youth among others were among those who welcomed Tinubu back to his base, alongside cultural troupes and musical bands.

Those on his entourage included the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; Senator Kashim Ibrahim; former APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; and Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, among others.

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State; Senator Solomon Adeola; Senator Tokunbo Abiru; Lagos APC chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi; and members of the Lagos Executive Council led by Governor Sanwo-Olu joined the dignitaries who received the APC presidential flagbearer at the airport.

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Why Segun Oni Won’t Accept Outcome Of Ekiti Election – Spokesman

A file photo of electoral officials on duty at one of the polling units of the governorship election in Ekiti State.

 

Former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, has rejected the outcome of the just concluded governorship election in the state.

Mr Moses Jolayemi, who is a media aide to the former governor, stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“We received it with shock,” he said of the new outcome of the poll in which the former governor was the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). “Shock in the sense that nobody expected that they could take it this far.

“We have always known that APC was not sincere about the entire process, but we didn’t know they were going to go this far. So, the result is unaccepted.”

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Biodun Oyebanji turned up to vote in the Ekiti governorship elections on June 18, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Biodun Oyebanji, as the winner of the keenly contested election.

Oyebanji polled 187,057 votes – over 100,000 votes more than that of his closest rival, Oni who scored 82,211 votes in the election. Mr Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came third in the poll with 67,457 votes.

A day after the APC flagbearer was returned elected, Oni who was governor between 2007 and 2010 rejected the outcome of the election, citing electoral malpractices allegedly by the ruling party.

A file photo of Mr Segun Oni.

 

“We didn’t know they were going to depart completely from all the electoral laws,” Jolayemi added. “Two days before the election, there was a peace accord signed by all the candidates and we thought everybody would abide by that, especially the APC. But on the day of the election, what we saw was a display of thuggery everywhere.

“There are so many places, and we are just compiling the reports; when you snatch the ballot box, what do you want to do with it? It is obviously for manipulation. What we saw was clear vote-buying.”

The SDP candidate’s accused the APC of sponsoring thugs led by an official of the transport union in the state to cause violence during the election.

According to him, Mr Oni has rejected the outcome of the governorship poll won by the ruling party in the state.

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Biodun Oyebanji turned up to vote in the Ekiti governorship elections on June 18, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji (BAO) Campaign Organisation has dared former governor Segun Oni to challenge the outcome of the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti State.

Mr Cyril Fasuyi, who is the Director-General of the organisation, stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics a day after the poll held.

“It is usual for Engineer Segun Oni and his team,” he said of the reaction from Oni who was the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the election. “When you see a man that has a habitual way of thinking that if it is not him, then it is nobody; then you won’t be shocked that a party that was defeated with over 100,000 votes … comes to say it rejects the result, it is amazing.

“There is nothing wrong, he is free to go anywhere. In court, there is this usual parlance that he who alleges must prove; so, we are waiting, they should bring out all the proofs they have against us.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Biodun Oyebanji, as the winner of the keenly contested election.

Oyebanji polled 187,057 votes – over 100,000 votes more than that of his closest rival, Oni who scored 82,211 votes in the election. Mr Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came third in the poll with 67,457 votes.

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A day after the APC flagbearer was returned elected, Oni who was governor between 2007 and 2010, through his media aide, Moses Jolayemi, rejected the outcome of the election, citing electoral malpractices allegedly by the ruling party.

Jolayemi had also accused the APC of hiring hoodlums for vote-buying and snatching of ballot boxes – claims which the APC swiftly denied.

“I was the director-general of BAO campaign organisation; I have knowledge of everything that was done and there was nothing (to suggest vote-buying) in the entire budget of BAO campaign organisation,” Fasuyi stressed.

“There was only one budget to which I was a party and there was no line called vote-buying. I was a principal actor from the beginning to the end.”

Reacting to the arrest of some persons by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of vote-buying, Fasuyi stated that the APC has no connection with the activities of the suspects.

According to him, it could be a ploy by perceived opponents seeking to link the ruling party to a crime it has not committed.

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Ekiti Election: Police Performance Was Satisfactory, Says PSC

A photo taken on June 17, 2022, shows some police personnel on election duty in Ekiti State. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has commended the performance of the policemen deployed for the just-concluded governorship election in Ekiti State.

In a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the commission said the poll was largely peaceful and orderly.

According to PSC, the Nigeria Police Force, in collaboration with sister agencies including the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) conducted themselves professionally and in a satisfactory manner.

It said its members monitored the conduct of the police across the local government areas of the state where it was confirmed that the security operatives arrived at the polling units in good time and were civil and courteous in their conduct.

The commission added that the police promptly intervened in reported cases of vote-buying and crowd misbehaviour and showed adequate presence in most of the polling units.

It described the conduct of the police in the election as a huge improvement and a good test-run for the 2023 general elections, saying there was massive deployment of personnel which gave the voters a sense of security.

Read the statement below:

The Ekiti State Governorship Election held yesterday, June 18th, 2022, was largely peaceful and orderly.

The Nigeria Police Force, the lead agency, in collaboration with sister agencies, such as the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, DSS, Federal Road Safety Commission, etc, were professional and their conduct satisfactory.

The Commission monitored the conduct of the Police in the 16 Local Government Areas of the State where the Commission’s Monitors confirmed that the Police teams arrived at the polling units on time and were civil and courteous in their conduct.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Johnson Kokumo led the Security team for the election and ensured that deployments were timely and well organised.

The Police also promptly intervened in some reported cases of vote-buying and crowd misbehaviour and showed adequate presence in most of the polling units.

There was an average of two to five Police Officers in most of the polling units visited by the Commission’s Monitors.

The Commission sees the conduct of the Police in the Ekiti governorship election as a huge improvement and a good test-run for the 2023 general elections.

There was a massive deployment of police officers from different Commands and formations of the Force, and this gave the voters a sense of security.

Ikechukwu Ani

Head, Press and Public Relations

Sunday, June 19, 2022.

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