Tinubu visits Amaechi, Bello, Umahi, and Akpabio in reconciliation move
In furtherance of his reconciliatory initiative, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday reached out to four more of his rivals in Tuesday’s primaries to ensure the party goes into the 2023 election as a united family.
Tinubu visited former Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi and former Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio, 24 hours after a similar visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
More congratulatory messages also poured in yesterday for the APC candidate, the prominent ones coming from Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) chairman Audu Ogbe, Afenifere Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba, state governors and former national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshimhole, among others.
The APC candidate hailed his hosts for their commitment to the ideals represented by the party and promised that everyone would be carried along in the quest for victory in 2023.
He asked the Kogi State governor to support his campaign to improve the lives of Nigerians.
He stressed the need for intra-party unity to provide a better and prosperous future for Nigerians.
“We will use our intellectual inquisitiveness, build a nation of sound minds, sound people, elevate our people, extract them from poverty,” he said.
“There is no reason to be in abject poverty in this country. We are brilliant people. Let us wear the uniform of can-do; the mind of those people who have built other nations, particularly people from this age.”
Touched by the Tinubu’s visit, Governor Bello donated an office to the presidential campaign of the APC flag bearer and promised to work for him and the party.
Tinubu’s meeting with Umahi was unscheduled and took place behind closed doors, but it was gathered that the discussion focused on salient issues arising from the just concluded presidential primaries.
The former Lagos State governor described Umahi as a rallying point for Igbo integration in the mainstream national politics.
He pledged to carry all parts of the country along if elected as president.
Umahi in turn assured him of his support and that of all members of APC in the entire South East zone.
He expressed confidence that the country will take a leap under the leadership of Tinubu.
Tinubu, during his visit to Akpabio, hailed the former minister for foregoing his presidential ambition for him (Tinubu), which he said went a long way in ensuring his victory at the primaries.