Tinubu, South West Muslim Leaders Meet In Ibadan On 2023 Polls

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He arrived venue of the Town Hall meeting around 1:20 pm  accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole and Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman.”

*Photo: Asiwaju Tinubu addressing the gathered*

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of  the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu today, Sunday meet in Ibadan with South West muslim leaders on the 2023 elections.

He arrived venue of the Town Hall meeting around 1:20 pm  accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole and Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman.

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President of Muslim Ummah of South West (MUSWEN), Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, while welcoming Tinubu to the meeting, said it was important for the group to have a discussion with Tinubu.

He added that the meeting was organised for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to directly engage Muslim leaders in the South West, and to unveil his plans before them.

“A good government will lead to economic development. With your pedigree, we believed that you can take Nigeria to a greater height when elected,” he said.

Addressing the gathering, Tinubu described the
forthcoming 2023 general elections as “Nigeria’s momentous encounter with destiny”, and urged the Islamic leaders to educate their followers on the importance of exercising their franchise and voting only tested candidates with a track record of excellent public service, “and not falling for the lies and gimmicks of those that have nothing to offer.”

Tinubu, who spoke partly in Yoruba language, said: “This election season has been a hybrid of facts and falsehood, truth and lies. I would like the election to be one based on facts and truth.

“What is a candidate’s record of performance and what are his policies. I ask you to urge your followers to come out and vote and to do so wisely. Vote for a candidate that has vision for a peaceful, prosperous Nigeria where tolerance and compassion undergird our constitutional and legal rights.”

The 2023 Presidential Election frontrunner assured Nigerians that he would be “a fair and just leader,” adding, “My pledge for fairness and justice is consistent with the tenets of Islamic faith.

“A leader in a plural society like ours is enjoined to be a leader of all. If elected, I shall govern in an honest and democratic manner in harmony with our nation’s constitution.”

Citing his excellent stewardship as Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Tinubu promised to use that experience to lead Nigeria in the “same spirit of innovation and pragmatic vision to uplift the nation and renew the hope of Nigerians.

On security, Asiwaju Tinubu vowed to end the reign of terror, kidnappings and other violent crimes by recruiting more personnel that would be trained and retrained, in addition to providing more security tools and gadgets for effective fight against criminal elements.

The nation’s economy, according to Tinubu, would be diversified and restructured towards achieving at least 6 percent growth annually. These goals would be achieved through the reforms of our industrial policy, infrastructural enhancement, power sector innovation and significant budgetary reforms.

“Regarding the economy, we seek to repair the very structure of the economy. We can no longer flourish as an economy based on natural resource extraction.

“We must become a dynamic, diversified economy where those who want to work can find a good job. But let us also be a society sufficiently compassionate to help those who cannot help themselves.

“We must revive manufacturing and industrial growth so as to create jobs as well as produce the goods and services that improve the daily lives of the average person.

“We seek a minimum of 6 percent growth annually through reform of our industrial policy, infrastructural enhancement, power sector innovation and  significant budgetary reform,” Tinubu told the Muslim leaders.

Regarding the agricultural sector, Asiwaju Tinubu promised to guarantee food security through enhanced productivity and improved farm incomes in order to ensure that no child goes to bed without food to eat.

“In the end, may no Nigerian parent send a child to bed hungry, despairing what tomorrow might bring.  Instead, let all of our children, regarding of their faith or creed, be able to lay their head down believing in a better tomorrow of hope renewed.”

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