A faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers States has inaugurated the Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the 2023 presidential election campaign.
The group, led by Senator Magnus Abe, has pledged to show total support to Tinubu, adding that its main agenda is to drive the purported ambition of the former Lagos governor for the Presidency in two years time.
Speaking at the event, a former member of the National Assembly, Wilson Ake, insisted that Tinubu should be given a chance to run for the position for his contributions to the party.
He alleged that the attacks on the ex-governor’s businesses during last year’s #EndSARS protest was meant to eliminate him from the 2023 presidential race even before it started.
“For someone to work and another person will come and eat is not of God. We are supporting Tinubu because we know that he is eminently qualified, and he has worked so hard to see APC win; so we do not have that wicked spirit in us that is why we are saying we must pay back Tinubu what he has put in APC.
“We are not against anybody who wants to try. Anybody that wants to try should go ahead, but they should not use the question that they must eliminate Tinubu to succeed, it is not of God.” he insisted.
“They went as far as starting #endsars in Lagos state by burning Tinubu’s hotel, his television house, his newspaper house when Tinubu is not in government. You can see that the target is how do we decimate this man? After you have worked so hard, then people will say you should go to the back and sit?”
Ake maintained that Tinubu is “eminently qualified” for the position and should not be disqualified on the ground of age.
“Tinubu worked so hard for APC, and there are some persons who think that people should work and be dumped in the end, those that have the spirit of using and dumping need prayers.
“When Tinubu was working for APC, nobody thought about his age. He has finished working, now they are saying he is too old he should go and sit down. Let one young person come and take over, it does not work like that,” he added.