This huge crowd is a testament to our standing with the people of Kwara State. It shows that we have won this election.
The presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu said Kwarans shook off the yoke of slavery with the defeat of the People’s Democratic Party in the state at the 2019 elections.
In a speech that sounded more a reminiscence of his entreaties to the people four years back at the same venue, Asiwaju observed that Kwarans have tasted freedom and should not go back to the dark age.
"Kwara people, I congratulate you for your freedom four years ago. It was a thunderbolt across the country. You deserve great congratulations," APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu told thousands of party supporters and chieftains who attended the rally in Ilorin, the state capital.
"Today, we are just celebrating freedom. We are re-assessing and re-asserting our freedom in democracy.
“Yesterday, they never believed that today would happen, but it is happening in your lifetime. We thank you for believing in GovernorAb bdulRazaq.
“He knows how to behave. He is a very honest and genuine, hardworking man.
"Vote for me as your presidential candidate on February 25 and vote for all our National Assembly candidates.
“Vote for Governor AbdulRazaq and all the House of Assembly candidates on March 11."
In his speech, the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, said from what he has seen at the rally, the state has spoken loud and clear that “it is fully BATified for the general elections.”
“Kwarans, you have really surprised me. I have seen more than what I expected, and everyone has seen what Kwara has done today. You have said it loud and clear that you are better together. We pray and hope that this is translated to real vote on the 25th of February,” he said.
Also speaking, the chairman of the party in the state, Prince Sunday Fagbemi, said “we will deliver the state for Bola Tinubu in the presidential election.”
Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq in his address commended the people of the state for coming out in droves to welcome Tinubu and his entourage.
“This huge crowd is a testament to our standing with the people of Kwara State. It shows that we have won this election. Our presidential candidate has seen what we have done in this state. Kwara is APC. Kwara indeed is one of the strongholds of the APC.
“Our members are happy. The state is happy. They have seen what we have done. We met a failed state in several sectors, and we have been able to tackle it from education, healthcare, and other sectors. All the indices have gone up in the right sense,” he said.
“Party faithfuls, I urge you to support and vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The progress we have in this state will be continued with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We thank him for the support he gave us in 2019. He gave us full support in throwing out the termites in this state. We still want to thank Mr. President, who is away in Mauritania.
“He couldn’t be here but he will come back here. We appreciate his efforts and the support he has been giving this government for the progress of the state. You all know what we have been doing in this state from healthcare. Don’t allow the party of people of dubious characters to come back into this state. Don’t allow people who stole the UBEC funds to come back to this state. They could not even pay salaries. What are they coming to do?
“Just last month, we paid N3.5bn for pensions and gratuities of 2009 and 2010. When we came in, there was no water works working in this state. We have 90 waterworks in this state right from the time of Sir Ahmadu Bello. They crashed everything. In fact, they were not paying counterpart funds in the health sector. Nothing.”
Tinubu arrived in Ilorin in the company of several APC leaders and were received by Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq and other top chieftains of the party including the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed.
The rally which held at the Metropolitan Square, Ilorin saw in attendance APC Vice Presidential Candidate Kashim Shettima; Director General of the Campaign Governor Simon Lalong (Plateau); Governor of Niger Abubakar Sanni Bello; Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu; former House of Representatives Speaker Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole; several Senators, including the three from Kwara; House of Representatives members; Minister of Youths and Sports Sunday Dare and several others
Asiwaju and his party train paid a homage to the Emir of Ilorin Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, who prayed for his success and his other candidates in the coming polls. He acknowledged the sterling qualities of Tinubu and Governor AbdulRazaq, who he described as great and humble achievers.