Tinubu to Lagos APC leaders: work for victory in Saturday’s elections

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has urged the party’s leaders in Lagos State to mobilise and work for the victory of APC’s candidates in the governorship and the state House of Assembly elections on Saturday.

Tinubu spoke yesterday at the party’s state secretariat on Acme Road, Ikeja, during a stakeholders’ meeting.

He said the governorship election is important to the APC, warning those working against the party’s interest and fuelling crisis within the Lagos APC, especially at ward and local government levels, to stop or face the consequences.

According to Tinubu, the poor performance of APC and the loss of six House of Representatives seats to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in some parts of the state during the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections was not because Igbos voted for PDP as being speculated.

He blamed the loss to internal wrangling and refusal of APC members to work for the party’s victory during the election.

The APC National Leader said party registered members in Lagos State alone were about two million, adding that it was, therefore, worrisome that the APC got fewer than 800,000 votes in the elections.

The party, Tinubu noted, lost in some local councils in the March 28 elections because of low turn-out of party members at the polling booths.

He said: “The turn-out of APC members during March 28 elections was poor and that was why APC was defeated in some polling units, wards and local governments in Lagos State. I delivered my ward for APC and I wonder why many leaders could not deliver their wards to the APC despite been mobilised by the party for the election.

“Some people said that APC lost in some wards and local governments to PDP because of Igbo votes; that is not true.

“If you mobilise for the party, there is no way APC will lose the election. Igbos are not your enemies. If APC lose the presidential election in Lagos, I will understand why. But losing six House of Representatives seats to opposition in Lagos State have never happened in the history of Lagos.”

Tinubu promised to compensate any APC ward and local government leader that delivers his ward for the party.

“You are all shouting change and we may likely change any party leader that doesn’t perform. Any ward leader that doesn’t perform will be changed. If you do very well, there would be continuity for you. But if you fail to deliver, there would be change. If you deliver your ward and local government, there would be continuity for you.

“There is no room for repeat in our party. We don’t want failure in our party. So, we will remove those who cannot perform and replace them with those who can deliver and work genuinely for the party,” he told the party leaders.

Stressing the need for APC to prepare actively for the Saturday election, Tinubu asked the APC leaders to stop public rally and start organising meeting at ward, local government, constituency and senatorial levels to strategise for the party’s victory in the election.

He praised the Arewa Community in Lagos for giving APC block votes during the March 28 elections, urging all other non-indigenous groups and all the APC leaders and members to work tirelessly to deliver their polling units, wards, constituencies and local governments for the party  in Saturday’s election.

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