…Dismisses ‘collapse’ Story
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Co- Chairman of the party’s Presidential Council, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has began moves towards getting the backing of royal Fathers in the Southwest to support the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forth coming Presidential election in February.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the royal Fathers were earlier at the presidential villa were they reportedly held a closed door meeting with President Buhari before a delegation led by His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi paid the former Lagos State governor a courtesy visit at the Lagos lodge, Asokoro on Friday afternoon.
However, briefing journalists after their meeting, Senator Bola Tinubu said the royal fathers harped on the need for peaceful election next February.
Tinubu who expressed optimism that the governing party would be returned with a comfortable lead at the presidential poll and other elections, said the APC has no need to instigate violence in an election it is sure to win.
Asiwaju said: “I am very happy and proud of the very promising situation. When you have the endorsement of your Royal fathers, it means you have the people with you and the voice of the people is the voice of God. I am elated.
“The Royal fathers spoke of the need for a peaceful election. When you have the believe that you can get a proper result, you work hard because you want peace. When you believe that you can win, you don’t want violence”.
While addressing the violence that followed the APC governorship rally last weekend in Lagos, Asiwaju Tinubu assured that his brothers and followers in the zone cannot be made the sacrificial lambs.
“We all love our children, our brothers and our followers and none of us would want our followers to become sacrificial lambs. We won’t encourage violent disruption of any election because we are confident of winning. Those who are crying wolf before the election have already accepted defeat before the election, as far as I am concerned”, he said.
On the reported news that he collapsed shortly after he was assigned the task of leading the APC Presidential campaign, the APC leader dismissed it as fake news, just as he rubbished reports that APC governors boycotted the meeting of the APC Presidential campaign council.
According to him, the governors need not attend every meeting of the council.
“The point is, the governors had to stay back home because we all don’t have to converge in one place to decide certain modalities when we can easily go back to them on what was discussed and what we expect from your state. That is what we call structuring in an election”.
On the team of the Royal fathers include; Adedotu Aremu Gbadebo Alake of Egbaland , Oba Adedapo Aderemi Alaremore of Ido, Osun, Michael Ademolaju Oloye of Oye, Ekiti among others.
Speaking on the mission, the Oni said they are suing for peace ahead of the forthcoming election.
“My message to Nigerians in this time of election is peace, peace and peaceful coexistence all the way. The power of every Nigerian and every electorate lies in the thumb. As traditional rulers, we are father to all and in playing that role, we pray that there should be peace in this country. That is what we are preaching and it is very important to all of us to know than Nigeria is greater than any of us. So. We should continue to preach peace and identify with good things that will be beneficial to the nation. That is why we are here”.