National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, appealed to Igbos living in Lagos state, on Wednesday, to vote for APC during the February and March Elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tinubu’s meeting with Igbo was called to perfect the party’s preparedness for the rescheduled elections on February 23 and March 9 in the state.
The party leader noted that the APC government never discriminated against people from the South East and others in the state in the delivery of democratic dividends, saying the party expected them to support its candidates at the polls for progress.
“We appeal to our Igbo brothers from the East, this is the state where you conduct your businesses, your children are in our schools, we don’t discriminate against them in our WAEC fees.
“We don’t discriminate against them for NECO fees. We don’t discriminate against them for JAMB fees. Even in our universities, they take the benefit of our tuition and allowances and all that.
“Now, this time, we say, help us. We say vote for us and our candidates,” Tinubu said.
He reminded them of the time the popular ASPAMDA market and other markets dominated by the Igbo faced threats of demolition, recalling that he took necessary steps to save the markets, thereby protected the interests of the traders who were mainly from the South East.
He warned that the party would monitor election results in Igbo-dominated areas such as Amuwo-Odofin, Ojo, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, and Surulere in anticipation of votes for APC.
Osibanjo Appeals To Hausa Community To Vote For APC
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday solicited support of the Hausa community in the Southwest for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC candidates in the zone.
Osinbajo, who made the plea at a Town Hall Meeting with the Hausa community in Ikeja, Lagos State, said that some former leaders did not like Buhari because of his stand against corruption.
NAN reports that Arewa community leaders, drawn from Lagos State and other Southwest states, were present at the meeting.
“What we are hoping to see on Saturday is an affirmation, a vote for a man who has proved through the years to be a man of truth and honesty.
“The problem of our country is not that we don’t have enough money; the problem is that of leaders that we put there. Many of them stole the money meant for the people.
“We are able to do more than even when they (previous administrations) are even earning more because the President is not a thief. Even his worst enemies, those who hate him, know that he is a man of truth. They know he is a man who will not steal the money of the people,” the VP said.
“This next level that we are talking about by the Grace of God, the people of this country will begin to enjoy the fruits of all the sacrifice they have made in the last four years.”
Chairman, Arewa Community in Lagos State, Ahmed Kabiru, who commended Osinbajo for recognising the community, said that Buhari remained a “sell-able product“.
Hausa leader in Akure, Sadiq Babangida, said that the community would not change its decision to support APC, adding that the country needs honest and sincere leaders.