Aisha Buhari, wife of Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, yesterday, disclosed that the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu sacrificed a lot to ensure her husband’s ten-year presidential ambition nears actualisation.
“My husband, General Muhammadu Buhari has been contesting presidential elections for over a decade now, but this particular election is unique because our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu jettisoned his personal interest for the sake of Nigeria,” Mrs Buhari said at the 14th town hall meeting of the Lagos Central senatorial district hosted by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC senatorial candidate).
Mrs. Buhari said Tinubu let go of his personal interest to ensure that Professor Yemi Osinbajo emerged as vice-presidential candidate to her husband.
Also speaking at the meeting, Tinubu declared that President Goodluck Jonathan’s time in office was up. He said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is afraid of elections and that explains was why they had been objecting to the use of PVCs for the forthcoming elections.
“In my life, I have never seen an incumbent President that is afraid of elections and PVCs before. Upon all the money the donor agencies contributed to the development of this new technology called PVC that will eliminate rigging, this government is running away from the elections.
“This is a month of clean hands, and you must go to your constituencies, wash your hands as if you are fighting Ebola virus, everybody should wash their hands because of the fingerprints. You must carry methylated spirits to clean your hands before voting.
Speaking further, Tinubu said his wife has made the senatorial district she represents. “That my wife is a senator today was not a programme I supported. They collected the form and told me if I am not running, then release your wife to run. Today, I am really proud that she is a senator because she has made the Lagos Central senatorial district a better place.”
The 14th edition of the Lagos Central senatorial district town-hall meeting tagged, ‘Treading the path to prosperity’ also saw the launch of a book written by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, entitled ‘Stewardship Report: A collection of Town Hall Speeches (2011-2014)’
In her remarks, Senator Oluremi Tinubu said the PDP rule has reduced the nation to a state of anarchy while the economy is weakening due to over-dependence on oil and excessive importation.
“Although the Nigerian economy is projected as the largest in Africa, this has not translated into visible wealth per household, and there is a progressive failure in Nigeria under the watch of the ruling PDP.
“As elections draw close, I urge us to be resolute in the choice of our leaders. The future is not about me, but it is about our children and the legacies we want to bequeath to them. I invite you to join me and our party, the All Progressives Congress to work for a better Nigeria.”
“In the days ahead, if I am re-elected, I intend to continue on the path that we have chosen to walk through knowing it leads to nation building. I intend to take on matters relating to youth, public health, widows, prohibition of violence and environment. I will sustain empowerment schemes such as Petty Traders Empowerment Capital Scheme, PETECS, Elderly Citizens Assistance Scheme, ECAS, Youth Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Scheme, YESAS, Good Boys and Girls Empowerment Scheme, GBGES, Widows Economic Empowerment Scheme, WEES, and distribution of GCE forms as well as sponsorship of the Muniru Muse under-15 football competitions for boys and girls,” Mrs Tinubu said.
Among those present at the event were Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, APC vice-presidential candidate; Lagos State First Lady, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, among others.