By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and a Kogi State House of Representatives member, James Faleke, yesterday led multitude of supporters to purchase the N100 million presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for a national leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu at the International Conference Center (ICC).
Speaking to journàlists at the venue, Faleke said “we are here as a team on behalf of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pick the forms that he has personally paid for and because he is out of the country, he paid for his forms directly and asked us to come and pick up the forms.”
He also said that Tinubu is the only candidate for the APC presidential primaries, adding that other aspirants are pretenders.
He said though it is the party that has the authority to advocate for the mode of primaries, Tinubu is confident that whatever mode, direct or indirect, he will win the election by the grace of God.
“I know that this country, under Tinubu will be better off, economy will be better off because he is an economist, he is not a lawyer, he is an economist. He will deal with the economic situation of this country.
“He did it in Lagos, the security challenges in Lagos were solved by him, he will solve the same security challenges. He is a man who rewards loyalty, who ensures that people who work are also taken care of.
“He will ensure that employment opportunities are better off, the issue of strike will be a thing of the past. Civil service was done in Lagos, he will do it again in Nigeria and so on and so forth”, Faleke said.
Also expressing confidence that Tinubu is an aspirant to beat in the APC primaries, the former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, said Tinubu is a branded product, adding that every Nigerian knows that he is the man to beat, assuring that President of Nigeria comes 29th May, 2023 is for Tinubu.
“If we were not sure we have chances to win this election, we would not waste our N100 million. Everybody is free to buy the forms if he has N100 million. The choice is his own. He has the money.
“But, as far as we are concerned, we are only fulfilling the constitutional requirement of campaigning and going for election. We do not foresee any opposition in the contest”, Lawal said.