‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja


Daily Courier – President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the All Progressives Congress (APC) Victory Flag to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, winner of the just concluded party’s presidential primary election.

The delegates of the APC across the country at the convention elected the former Lagos State governor as APC presidential flagbearer for the 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu polled 1,271 votes to defeat his closest rivals, former Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi who scored 316 votes and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who garnered 235 votes.

In his acceptance speech, Tinubu thanked President Buhari, APC leadership, governors elected on the platform of the APC, party delegates, aspirants and all those who contributed to the successful conduct of the convention.

He stressed the need for unity, cohesion and understanding among all party members to ensure electoral victory for the party in the forthcoming general elections in 2023.

According to him, he holds no grudges against those who contested against him, saying all hands must be on deck to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party is stopped from coming back to power in 2023.

The aspirants who contested with Tinubu include the vice president professor Yemi Osinbajo, senate president, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Sani Yerima, Ben Ayade, Dave Umahi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Rotimi Amaechi, ROCHAS Okorocha, Jack Rich, Yahaya Bello, Yemi Osinbajo and Ikey Obasi.

Nine other aspirants stepped down from the race. Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, Jigawa state governor, Abubakar Badaru, Former governors of Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun and Akwa Ibom, God’swill Akpabio, Ajayi Boroffice and former speaker, Dimeji Bankole all stepped down to support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s. Meanwhile, Pastor Nicholas Felix supported the aspirations of the vice president, professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Tinubu, an accountant and politician was born on March 29, 1952, and had been one of the national leaders of the APC since the party’s formation in 2013.

He previously served as the governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, and Senator for Lagos West in the aborted Third Republic.