PHOTONEWS: Tinubu, Ajimobi, Aregbesola, Akeredolu Welcome Akala, Folarin To APC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday joined Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Governor Akeredolu in Ibadan to celebrate Chief Alao Akala and others as they officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Here are photos from the Grand APC Rally that attracted thousands of supporters at the Ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan captured by Dolapo Julius.

Buhari: Tinubu Brought Me “A Beautiful Piece Of Information”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, brought him “a beautiful piece of information” which he was not aware of before.

Buhari, however, did not disclose what piece of information it was but promised to discuss it in detail with the former Lagos State Governor.

“I also thank our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He has brought me a very beautiful piece of information which I was not aware of it until I sat down and read it this evening (Tuesday night). Thank you very much for your hard work and I will discuss that paper with you,” he said.

The president said this while interacting with the Nigerian community in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

He is in the country for the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit.

He is being accompanied by Tinubu; Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State.

Tinubu Remains Pathfinder Of A Rare Breed -Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday described former Governor of Lagos State and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as one rare breed of a pathfinder.

Aregbesola, saluting Tinubu on the occasion of his 65th birthday said history has already recorded the former Governor as having found ways where there were none and created opportunities for humanity where many did not see any.

The Osun Governor’s message signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, recognized Tinubu’s immense contributions to the political and economic growth of Nigeria and indeed Africa.

It said that Lagos began to emerge as a truly habitable state after what he described as “Tinubu’s mega-development vision” adding that the success story of Lagos has rubbed off on South-West, Nigeria and indeed, the whole of Africa.

Aregbesola said Tinubu’s capacity for talent hunt and leadership recruitment are unparalleled adding that his unique ability to spot the best hands for crucial assignments have elevated him to that pedestal of rare leader of men.

“Today, we are celebrating a giant pathfinder; one whose contributions to Nigeria’s political and economic growth have provided development scholars serious models for academic studies.

This is one Nigerian politician whose politics is known to have impacted heavily on humanity. From Lagos where God used him for the emergence of a new state, to Nigeria as a whole and indeed, the continent of Africa where his influence continues to be felt, Tinubu manifests in our lives in all ramifications,” the statement said

The Governor prayed for longer life for Tinubu just as he expressed the wish that his visions of a greater Nigeria and indeed, the Black race would continue to blossom.

President Buhari Congratulates Asiwaju Bola Tinubu At 65

President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 65th birthday.

President Buhari joins all members of the APC, political and business associates of the Asiwaju of Lagos, his friends and family, in celebrating another milestone in the life of the great leader, whose foray into politics ushered in a better understanding of building consensus to achieve historical feats, like unseating an incumbent government.

As he turns 65 years, the President believes the Asiwaju raised the bar for many political leaders across the country as a two-term governor of Lagos State, and also bequeathed a style of leadership that completely altered the landscape of the commercial capital.

Recalling his pleasant and intellectually enriching encounters with the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom over the years, the President re-affirms that the nation has benefitted a lot from the personal sacrifices, political experience and intellectual foresight of the APC chieftain, and still stands to gain more.

President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant the Asiwaju good health, longer life and more wisdom to serve his country and humanity.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 28th, 2017

Group Warns Diekola Against Attacking Tinubu, Aregbesola

A socio-political group, ‘I Stand With Tinubu’ has cautioned a leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State, Alhaji Fatai Diekola against disparaging Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The group said it has been observing Diekola’s political activities in the recent past and could say that the APC chieftain was only interested in smearing Aregbesola and Tinubu’s image to gain the heart of people who want to attack the governor over the 2018 governorship ticket of the party.

According to the group in a press statement signed by its Coordinator and Secretary, Messrs Muraina Lawal and Segun Ogundele respectively berated Diekola for referring to Aregbesola as a district officer sent to oversee the affairs of the state by his boss.

The group claimed that though Diekola did not mention Tinubu in his ‘provocative statement, but he was indirectly attacking Aregbesola and Tinubu at the same time by referring to the governor as a district officer.

Accusing the APC chieftain of embarking on his usual way of creating confusion in the party and making false accusation against notable members of the APC to curry favour from unsuspecting people, the group said Diekola’s attempt to blackmail Aregbesola has failed.

The statement reads: “We are not unaware of the antics and political gimmicks of Alhaji Diekola, we know him to be making false accusation against people to curry favour from people who do not know his character. We know how he blackmails people to collect money from them.

“We would like to remind Alhaji Diekola that he is neither a threat to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, nor the APC in Osun State. We would also like to remind him that he is Aregbesola’s creation because he was a mere member of the party before the governor elevated him.

‘If Alhaji Diekola has decided to join the conspiracies against Aregbesola and Asiwaju Tinubu, he will be disgraced and cut to his political size in Osun. We would tell him that Aregbesola, who is Tinubu’s boy made him who he is today. We will tell him that his political title ‘Jagun’ is an illusion.”

Buhari Hosts Akande, Tinubu In London (Photos)

President Muhammudu Buhari today received two part chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at his Abuja House, London where he his currently enjoying his vacation.

Those who paid the President a visit includes a National Leader of the APC and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and APC’s first national chairman and former governor of the state of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande.

OsunDefender recalls that the President had last January, 2017 written to the Nigerian Senate to proceed on a medical vacation.

However, shortly after he arrive in the United Kingdom, the rumor mill went agog about the health of Mr President with some insinuating he his dead.

However, today’s visit by the party chieftains, put to rest, the rumor on President Buhari’s health.

Tinubu Felicitates With Nigerians On New Year, Backs Buhari To Deliver

National stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has congratulated Nigerians for making it to the New Year.

In a statement by his Media Office, Asiwaju Tinubu said: ”The last year witnessed a lot of sacrifices on the part of Nigerians. The government of APC is mindful. It is the necessary pain before the gain. As we move into a new year the pains will ease off in certain areas as the policies and initiatives of the Buhari-led government begin to yield, needed relief and dividends.

Tinubu said Nigeria had begun on a journey and a path of sacrifice not of our choosing but brought upon us all because a few chosen to lead have led without vision, compunction or compassion. “Now that we have a leadership that is committed, focused and people oriented, we must align to make Nigeria work. We are a people blessed by God and destined to be great. The path to greatness is often not smooth. But I am confident that Nigeria will arrive and fulfill her manifest destiny. Let us all in 2017 pray and hope for a new county where feeding and shelter will not be a challenge and more of our people will find work to do.

“Happy new year and God bless our nation.”

APC Not Threatened By Mega Party – Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has declared that the party is not threatened by the formation of a “mega party” ahead of 2019.
He said the APC is rather focused on its mission which had been made difficult by the current economic situation worldwide.
Oyegun, who spoke with journalists on Tuesday, said those behind the formation of the mega-party should be encouraged in order to have a formidable opposition to the ruling APC.
He absolved some leaders of the APC of being behind the formation of a new party.
The APC chairman said he has met with some leaders of the party including the leadership of the National Assembly and a former vice president, adding that “we are waiting for the arrival of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu so that we can also meet with him and have meaningful discussion because he is a well-respected leader of this party.”

“We don’t feel threatened at all. No mega party will survive the APC. I don’t know where the name mega party suddenly came from in the lexicon of politics in this country. We will infact encourage a mega party, because with the gradual collapse of PDP, we want a party that can make us sit upright and be on our toes in terms of delivery of services to our people.
“A party that will make us feel challenged, that will make democracy real and offer the people a real choice. We are not threatened at all. We are focused on our mission made difficult by the current economic situation worldwide, which of course is compounded by the collapse of the oil market. We are reforming this country, reforming it ethically, morally and economically by building a fresh economic base which will no longer depend on the extractive industry which does not involve the people.”

Tinubu Didn’t Work Against APC In Ondo Guber – Pres. Buhari

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President Buhari Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed rumours that he and the APC leadership are at odds with one of the Party chiefs, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, describing such rumours as unfounded and mischievous.

The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the President was highly embarrassed by such “suggestions” and that President was in regular contact with Tinubu before, during and after the Ondo gubernatorial election.

He said any suggestions that the President and the party machinery were working to destroy Tinubu had no foundation in truth or any credibility, explaining that the President was impressed by Tinubu’s assurance not to work against the party in Ondo and he honoured his words.

The presidential media aide also explained that President Buhari regards Tinubu as a priceless political asset to the party whose immeasurable contributions to the development and progress of the ruling party are known to all.

Malam Garba Shehu advised rumour mongers stop spreading the seeds of discord and animosity between the President and Tinubu or the party, adding that the President is proud of the Jagaba and his pivotal role in the party and the movement.

President Buhari commended Tinubu’s spirit of comradeship in promptly congratulating Rotimi Akeredolu who was elected Governor.

The president also noted that at a time his administration is preoccupied with governance issues, rumours of divisions and alleged scheming within the party are counterproductive to internal unity and cohesion in APC.

He appealed to APC members and supporters to ignore rumours that could harm party unity.

Tinubu, Ayoola, Aregbesola, Ambode, Others For Bola Ige Lecture

Two frontline lawyers and Senior Advocates, Lateef Fagbemi and Festus Keyemo, will deliver keynote speeches at the 15th Bola Ige Memorial Symposium that will hold next month at Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja.

The symposium with the theme: Political Assassinations and Our Criminal Justice System in Nigeria: The Impediments, is being organised by Bola Ige Centre for Justice.

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is the special guest of honour at the event. Osun and Lagos that Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Akinwunmi Ambode are expected to grace the event.

Former chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (rtd), will chair the occasion. Other guests being expected include Prof Kolawole Ogundowole of the University of Lagos and Mrs Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, among others.

I Would Never Speak Evil of Tinubu- Fayemi

Following recent rumours about a phony interview in which Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development Kayode Fayemi made negative comments about Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the minister has openly denied the report and clarified the state of relations between himself and the elder statesman.

Through his verified Twitter account, Fayemi cleared the air in a series of 7 tweets.

“I have been alerted to a story circulating online ascribing certain remarks to me regarding the person of our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. The said report is not only mischievous but totally malicious and nothing but a tissue of lies. I never granted such interview & will never use such words quoted in the fictional report against anyone let alone our revered BAT.

“I subscribe to the highest moral and ethical standards of the Yoruba culture. I respect my elders and leaders at all times.  As such, I would never speak evil or seek to demean Asiwaju Tinubu or any of our respected leaders under no circumstance whatsoever. My relationship with Asiwaju dates back to days of pro-democracy agitations thus precedes the mundane politics of the 4th republic.”

Fayemi also thanked those who drew his attention to the report and “many more who were quick to discard the falsehood of a report”.