APC Lagos Rally: I Cannot Be Killed


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has boasted on Saturday that he cannot be killed.


He spoke at a rally in support of his presidential bid, organised by the Lagos State government, at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, the former Lagos State Governor assured his supporters that, “I cannot be killed.”


As he has done of late, he seized the opportunity to knock his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, urging would-be voters to once again reject the “selfish Atiku Abubakar, who has been running for the Presidency since 1999.”


He, however, promised to form a progressive government with massive investment in education, health, infrastructure, and job creation if elected as president, even as he assured Nigerians of better days ahead.


Also yesterday, The Asiwaju Progressive Movement (TAPM), one of Tinubu’s support groups, while reacting to a statement credited to former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, stated that the 2023 general election will not be about religion, but about competence in leadership.


An insight into why the ruling APC zoned its presidential slot to the South, was also offered yesterday, by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, while receiving hundreds of supporters of the PDP into the APC fold.


According to him, the decision was based on the need to entrench equity and fairness in the country. Addressing a large group of party faithful at the stadium, which included the governors of Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, Jigawa, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun as well as members of the National Assembly and Ministers of Works and Housing; Information and Culture; Sports and Youth, Tinubu expressed delight that his presidential bid is being fortified by the APC functionaries at all levels.


Tinubu, whose speech was interlaced with Yoruba songs said his mother always sing a song, which he cherished so much, “Dagunro o se pa, ipa te pa tete, e ma pa dagunro, dagunro o se pa,” which literarily means, “Dagunro is unkillable. The manner of death you rained on Spinach, never visit it on Dagunro.”


The APC presidential flag bearer, again, used the opportunity of the rally to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the development of Nigeria and Lagos State.


He said, “I specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the unprecedented federal support and commitment to Lagos State. We have come a long way from Presidents whose sole obsession was to capture or conquer Lagos in do-or-die fashion, to a President who loves the state greatly and is keen to see it do very well.


“Lagos has benefited tremendously in terms of infrastructure development, whether it is the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line, or the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki Expressway, the revamped National Theatre, the new International Airport Terminal or the support that has made the Lekki Deep Sea Port possible and the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Plant, as well as the Red Line of the Lagos Metro, which is sharing part of the Federal corridor,” he said.


Underscoring the importance of sustaining the progressive governance in Lagos State, Tinubu urged Lagosians to vote for Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, for second term.


“Dear Lagosians, my appeal to you today, is to ask you to renew the mandate of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat for another four years. Do not let the execution and implementation of the bold vision of more than two decades be aborted or suspended.”


For the stability of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu called on the youths and students to vote for Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat.


Tinubu also urged the electorate to reject the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, noting that the party failed to deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians for 16 years it governed the country.


The former Lagos State governor said: “I know one selfish man who has been running since 1999, that’s, Atiku. He contested on the PDP platform and also contested on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. He is ungrateful and now it is time you tell him through your vote that he should go and rest.


“Use your Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to flog and retire him. He said he’s in PDP, don’t listen to him, I read what he said this morning and he claimed he’s running to better Nigeria’s future, whereas they were there for 16 years; they gave you estimated billing, they didn’t remember Badagry Road, they forgot the East-West road, they forgot Kafanchan, Sokoto, Kaduna roads. They forgot the Second Niger Bridge. They paid evil for good gestures, they are traitors.” 

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