In the grandest of all rallies, supporters of Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and Vice-Presidential candidate Kashim Shettima of the All Progressives Congress, APC, swarmed the campaign rally at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State, early on Saturday.
Fidel Info reports that Among the early dignatries at the carnival like event, with over large turnout are: Minister for Information and Culture Lai Mohammad, former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. ibjioke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the deputy governor, Remi Hamzat, former deputy Governor, Lagos State and Lagos West Senatorial candidate, Idiat Adebule, Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Eshilokun, who is also Lagos Central Senatorial candidate, and Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh.
Others are: Former Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, former deputy Governor of the state, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Lagos APC chieftain.
The area was crowded with people as early as 7 am, singing songs of support for Tinubu and the APC while donning party shirts and brooms in various colors.
To provide sufficient safety of lives and property, armed security guards, first responders, and emergency workers were stationed at various important locations.
The gathering will be a homecoming for the former governor of Lagos State and the party’s national leader, according to Senator Ganiyu Solomon, the director general of the local organizing committee for the presidential campaign in Lagos State.
Solomon said the event holds a promise for mass attendance by members of the APC and members of the general public because of the popularity of the party Presidential Candidate, Tinubu, whom he said has remained the most consistent, biggest contributor and the most visible democratic icon since the advent of democratic dispensation in 1999.
According to Solomon: “You may wish to recall that Tinubu excelled as a Senator of the Federal Republic representing Lagos–West Senatorial District and as the Governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. Therefore, the event is like a homecoming for our leader and mentor who has become a national pride.
“As a responsible political party, it is imperative to seek the cooperation of members of the general public as regards the need for temporary diversion of traffic and mass movement of supporters within the vicinity of the rally.’’
Security men of the Nigerian Police Force, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch and other law enforcement agencies are on ground.
Corroborating the DG, on security measures the party chairman in the state, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi said, “Security, we will try to make the venue, very conducive for all.
“This is also the first time Lagos State will be presenting a presidential candidate who has become a household name not only in Lagos state but in Nigeria.
“We are not ruling out a huge number of attendees. We can assure you there will be a massive turnout and adequate security for all attendees.”
“Lagosians want to hear from the presidential candidate of the party.”
As at 12 noon, the much expected Presidential Candidate and his vice are yet to get to the venue as they were locked down in the crowd and attendant traffic gridlock.”
Wike Receives Fmr. President Obasanjo In Rivers
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi meet with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Thursday.
Fidel Info reports that Obasanjo and Fayemi are attending the ongoing Port Harcourt International Conference 2023 holding at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt.
The summit is tagged, “Deepening Democratic Culture and Institutions for Sustainable Development and Security in Nigeria.”
Non-Indigenes In Kwara State Declare Support For Gov AA
Non-Indigenes in Kwara State have declared a total support for Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in his re-election bid, pledging to vote overwhelmingly for him in the forthcoming election.
Fidel Info reports that they made this known at a consolidative forum meeting where they said they would continue to cooperate and support the administration of Governor AbdulRazaq.
In a statement by the Total Coordinator of the Amalgamated Non-Indigenes Associations, Barrister Adokutu Jafaru Ibie, previous administrations were condemned for playing politics of exclusion with non-indigenes in the state.
“Past governors only remember non-indigenes when it comes to getting our votes during electioneering periods. This time around, however, only the AbdulRazaq administration in the history of Kwara State has truly accorded non-indigenes the required recognition in the governance of the state.
“This is one government every non-indigene from the six geo-political zones of the country resident in Kwara must appreciate and work and accept for fulfilling promises made to the people. We’ll ever remember Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as a promise keeper, and has truly activated the substance of his promises to the people of the six geo-political zones resident in Kwara State.”
Adokutu urged non-indigenes in the state not to be swayed by the deceit of opposition, telling them to queue behind the ruling APC in the forthcoming election.
“We accept the reorganization process of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Non-Indigenes, Hon. Caleb Ono Bobi, which has helped to better reposition all affiliate associations, clubs, unions etc of non-indigenes resident in Kwara State. He advised non-indigenes not to allow themselves to be swayed by the deceits of opposition parties in the state but to queue behind the All Progressives Congress led administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to return his government to power in at the March elections.
“In the same vein, the President of the South-South Community in Kwara, Sir Christopher Ozonuwe appealed to all non-indigenes in the state to be very watchful of political hawks during this election year so that they do not fall to their empty promises and open deceits but to always align with the purposeful governance of the current administration of AbdulRazaq.
“Our SSA and other government appointees on Inter-Community Relations are men of good professional and intellectual clout. So, we believe the governor has truly done us a good turn by appointing them into his cabinet. We are solidly behind them in the onerous task to re-elect our governor for another four years of untarnished governance of our Kwara State.”
Adokutu also announced that non-indigenes in the state will carry out a Non-Indigenes Solidarity Rally for the Governor’s second term re-election soon.
BREAKING: Warri-Itakpe Train Derails In Kogi
According to reports, a train traveling the Warri–Itakpe route derailed, leaving numerous people stranded.
Fidel Info reports that it was the same train that had people kidnapped from its station in Igueben, Edo State.
According to information, the incident took place inside Kogi woodland.
According to reports, a number of people got off the train out of concern for their safety.
It was gathered that the train left Warri early on Sunday and got derailed at around 12pm inside the thick forest between Ajaokuta and Itakpe.
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