2023 election; payback time for Tinubu – Shettima

2023 election; payback time for Tinubu – Shettima

By Adeyemi Ajayi and Florence Onuegbu, Lagos.

 

The vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Kashim Shettima, says the 2023 election is payback time by the North to APC presidential flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for his past support to the region.

 

Shettima made the declaration on Wednesday when he visited the Hausa community in Alaba-Rago, in Iba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos.

 

He urged the community to vote for the party’s presidential candidate, Tinubu.

 

Shettima was accompanied by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Gov. Abdullah Ganduje of Kano State, Lagos APC Chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi, and all Arewa leaders in Lagos.

 

He said that Tinubu made President Muhamadu Buhari the president in 2015 by giving him bloc votes from the South-West, a feat he repeated in 2019.

 

Shettima said that Tinubu also provided the platform for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to contest presidential election when Atiku was chased out of PDP, adding that he did the same thing for Nuhu Ribadu.

 

“We are people of honour, we should honour our pledge and promise. This is payback time for the North to support Tinubu,” Shettima said.

 

Gov. Ganduje of Kano State said that as far as the North was concerned, “the issue of Tinubu is concluded.

 

“Kano State wants votes from you for Tinubu. You have to promise us you will surpass Kano in your votes for Tinubu,” Ganduje said.

 

He recalled that Tinubu appointed non-Yoruba citizens into government when he was Lagos State governor, describing him as “a real nationalist”.

 

Gov. Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State urged the Hausa community “not to be deceived” and vote for APC in the presidential and governorship elections.

 

Sanwo-Olu said that the meeting with the community was part of the party’s political discussions with non-indigene groups residing in Lagos State.

 

He thanked the Hausa community for supporting the efforts of Lagos State Government, as his administration strove to improve the infrastructure and amenities in the LCDA.

 

The governor also thanked them for maintaining peace while co-existing with other residents of the state.

 

He said that the administration would be completing the Lagos-Badagry highway soon, as the stretch toward Okokomaiko, the final stage, which would be completed by the end of 2022.

 

Sanwo-Olu said that the General Hospital, currently been built in Iba, would be completed in the not too distant future, adding that the government would then move inside Ojo and work on the Kemberi-Afromedia Road.

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