The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, said he left Lagos State for Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to contend with many doubts and uncertainties on his mind.
Tinubu said this at Lagos APC secretariat on Acme Road in Ogba, his political base, for the first time after winning the presidential ticket in Abuja, on a consultative caucus meeting tagged “Family Affair”.
Vehicular and human activities in the area were hindered as APC chieftains, Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) members and thousands of party faithful went wild in jubilation.
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, led all members of State Executive Council SEC, to the meeting presided over by the APC state chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi.
Tinubu told the gathering that he returned to his political base to meet Lagos APC family stronger than he left it.
He said those entrusted with the administration of the party affairs after he stepped aside on his supervisory duty had not made him regret his decision to pursue his presidential ambition.
Also, the APC presidential candidate passed a vote of confidence on Sanwo-Olu and other party leaders for nurturing the APC political machinery in the state, stressing that the party remained unbeatable in Lagos.
According to Tinubu, “I left Lagos for Abuja, leaving the party members with Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat, leaders of Governor’s Advisory Council and other party leaders.
“They are the ones who released me to go to Abuja to contest.
“I left with many doubts and I was uncertain about what would be the fate of the party. I was constantly in touch with the Governor and his deputy.
“Sometimes, I would call the party chairman and ask them if we were doing the right thing in Lagos.
“The reports they always gave me gave me more courage and confidence to move on with my engagements in Abuja.
“I thank all of our leaders for keeping the party stronger.
“I handed over to you an undefeated platform in Lagos.
“The manner with which the party affairs have been conducted showed these people have fairly managed the home base.”
Tinubu recalled that his journey to secure the party’s presidential nomination in Abuja was littered with uncertainties, but said the support raised from Lagos APC leadership boosted his confidence to move on and win the primaries.
The party’s National Leader said he was in the presidential race to win, but said his fate was in the hands of the party members whom, he said, must work hard to get votes for the party at the polls.
Tinubu also urged party supporters to move out to the communities in their numbers and canvass voters.
The work, he said, must start with the 57 local council chairmen, charging them to reach out to aggrieved members of the party at the grassroots in order to deliver more vote for APC at the general elections.
He said: “Our local government chairmen must do better than any other person in delivering votes for our party.
“You met this party already built with structures across the communities. There may be little cracks here and there, you know what to do.
“Manage your anger. There is no politics without anger and pain. But with the pain comes the joy of victory.
“We are giving you assignment to go back and recruit others. We must forget about the opposition, let’s put out effort on the voters.
“This is the time to reach out to aggrieved members and invite them back to the party fold.
“This is not the time to be angry and spill the beans. We must work together to achieve the bigger goal before us.”
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