Tuesday, 3 April 2012

ACN Elders Ask Tinubu To Consider Running For The Presidency



Lagos State Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday asked former Governor Bola Tinubu to consider running for the Presidency.
They said this at a luncheon organised by the “Elders of Lagos ACN” to mark the 60th birthday of Tinubu, held at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi.
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The event was witnessed by Lagos State Deputy Governor Mrs. Tawakaliku Orelope-Adefulire, her predecessors, Princess Sarah Sosah and Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Sir Pius Akinyelure, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, Alhaji Akanni Seriki-Bamu, Pa Abiodun Sunmola, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Senator Tony Adefuye, Alhaji Mutiu Aare, his wife, Alhaja Rashida, Chief Rabiu Oluwa, Mrs. Toun Ajomale, Dr. Shamsedeen Amuwo, Dr. Kayode Sonaike, Dr. Tunji Alausa, and Dr. Jide Salako.
Oba Hamzat recalled that he had perceived Tinubu as a man of the future 25 years ago, when he donated generously to the party’s purse for the oiling of its electoral machinery.
Oba Hamzat added: “At that time, we did not know that he was behind our group, donating generously. That was during Sarumi/Agbalajobi saga. I did not know the money was coming from him. Later, it was revealed when he agreed to go for the senate.
“Odu Olukosi was a contestant. He said he knew Tinubu would win, but that he would disturb us by invoking the rain. He waved his handkerchief and there was rain. But the delegates did not disperse. He won the primaries and general election . That was when I dreamt that he would shake the polity.”
Oba Hamzat said, although Tinubu wanted to become the Senate President, party elders prevailed on him to step down for Dr. Iyocha Ayu, adding that when he was forced into exile by the military, he did not financially abandon the group that threw him up as a promising politician.
Reiterating the backing of the elders for Tinubu’s future political endeavours, he added: “As long as we see you in front, when there is a political war, if you look back, you will see us”.
Olusi, who described himself as one of the leaders who discovered Tinubu, noted that he has not disappointed them as a politician. He recalled that he had told the political group that Tinubu would be governor since the Third Republic, adding that his traits have thrown him up for leadership.
Olusi said: “I want you to continue to be a foremost Nigerian. I don’t want you to confine yourself to Yorubaland. We want you to be a national leader.
Alebiosu congratulated the celebrator, saying: “I wish you the best of luck. I want you to become the future President of Nigeria”.

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