Friday October 07, 2022 3:59 AM

Oyo 2023: APC will lose to PDP if you don’t support Folarin- Tinubu warns aggrieved politicians

The National Leader of the All the All Progressive Congress APC who is also one of the presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu on Thursday met with stakeholders with stakeholders in Oyo State.

The team led by  former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin, who is the governorship candidate pledged their support for the actualisation of his ambition.

The aspirant and his entourage were warmly received at the Civic Centre in the heart of the city by supporters.

Thanking them for the warm reception, Tinubu spoke on his plans for the country, saying that a better future is assured.

He said he was working with other national leaders of the party, many of whom accompanied him to the ancient city, to emerge as the most popular and acceptable candidate.

Apparently acknowledging the temporary division in the chapter over the recent governorship and parliamentary primaries, Tinubu said APC can only win in Oyo in an atmosphere of unity.

He urged stakeholders to rally around Folarin and other candidates to win the elections.

He emphasised that APC cannot win if the party is factionalised, urging the leaders to close ranks and work together in unity.

Tinubu, who spoke in Yoruba, stressed: “I know there is internal wrangling among you. I want to appeal to all of you and all leaders here that you must all work together.

“This visit is to meet you today, I will still come back when we will have a private meeting. If you really want to win the coming elections, there is no way you won’t work together. Otherwise, you will lose votes.

“I want you all to work with Teslim Folarin. He has serious work to do before he can win. He will beg, traverse the state. We will vote and we will win.”

Tinubu also pleaded with the stakeholders to support the children of deceased stalwarts and governors of the state, who are running for elective offices.

He said he had a commitment to their fathers, which he must not betray.

He raised the hands of Dapo Lam Adesina, who is running for the House of Representatives, Olamiju Akala and Idris Ajimobi, who are both running for Oyo House of Assembly seats.

Folarin spoke on the favour Tinubu did for him in 2003 when he was governor of Lagos State, despite the fact that they belonged to different political parties.

He said Tinubu allocated a plot of land to him in Lekki and sent the allocation papers to him in Abuja through Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

Folarin added: “We must never forget our benefactors and we must never betray them. Oyo State delegates are for Asiwaju, our leader. I want to assure you that you have our total support sir. Oyo State is for you.”

Tinubu also visited his friend and colleague in the Third Republic Senate, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, former governor of the state, at his residence.

The former governor also assured Tinubu of his maximum support and that of the people of Oyo State.

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