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Tinubu Dangles N5bn Offer Before Igbos In Lagos For Their Votes

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Tinubu begs Igbo in Lagos with N5bn, says Ignore previous threats, help us vote APCAs reality sets in, the strong man of Lagos Politics and an All Progressives Congress, APC, national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been going around the state begging the Igbo to vote for APC.Tinubu made the appeal in Ikeja while addressing party members at a stakeholders meeting.The Igbo are from Nigeria’s Eastern extraction and are the second largest single group in Lagos and account for over three million eligible voters expected to cast their ballots in the upcoming elections.Analysts hold that any political party that they vote for would certainly win Lagos elections whether presidential or governorship.This has send fears across APC hierarchy with Tinubu being tasked to do all it takes to win then to the party’s fold. Besides any APC defeat in Lagos would hurt Tinubu more than anyone else, Daily Mail was told.To this end, the threat handed down by a certain Lagos Oba in  2015 is resonating and this election is being seen as the right time to pay him back.The Oba had threatened that if the Igbo voted against APC in 2015, they would be thrown into the lagoon.As reality beckons, Tinubu has been told of what’s most likely going to happen thus his oovertures to ensure that he will do all it will take to thwart defeat.Thus, Tinubu, on Wednesday appealed to Igbos in Lagos State to vote the APC in the February and March elections.He promised them monetary rewards of N5 billion should they deliver Lagos for APC.Daily Mail reports that the meeting was called to perfect the party’s preparedness for the rescheduled elections on Feb. 23 and March 9 in the state. The party leader said the APC government never discriminated against people from the South East and others in the state in the delivery of democratic dividends.Tinubu said the state government had provided equal opportunities to all residents irrespective of whether they were from the state or elsewhere.Tinubu said that the APC government had provided the environment for the people of the South East to conduct their businesses and succeed in the state.He said the party expected them to support its candidates at the polls for progress. “We appeal to our Igbo brothers from the east, this is the state where you conduct your businesses, your children are in our schools, we don’t discriminate against them in our WAEC fees. “We don’t discriminate against them for NECO fees. We don’t discriminate against them for JAMB fees. Even in our universities, they take the benefit of our tuition and allowances and all that. “Now this time, we say, help us, we say vote for us and our candidates,” he said.“We have put aside N5 billion for you to help your business. Vote us and once we win, you will get it.”Tinubu said he had to intervene when the popular ASPAMDA market and other markets dominated by the Igbos were faced with threats of demolition. The party leader said he took the step to save the markets to protect the interests of the traders who are mainly from the South East.Tinubu said the party would be monitoring election results from Igbo-dominated areas like Amuwo-Odofin, Ojo, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, and Surulere in anticipation of votes for APC by the people of the South East in the state.Daily Mail can report that in the 2015 elections, the APC lost some legislative seats to the PDP in the areas mentioned. On the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, the party leader said he was confident that the APC would emerge victorious. He said it was not possible for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to defeat APC as they do not have the strength of the ruling party in all parts of the country.Tinubu urged party members to work hard to make the victory a resounding one for the party on Saturday.“We will beat PDP on Saturday. They don’t have our strength in the North West, in the South West and even in the Middle Belt. So how do they want to win? We will beat them. “But I urge you our dear party members, you need to make the victory a resounding one. You must work hard and mobilise everyone to vote for our candidates,” he said.He urged members, particularly women, to embark on door-to-door campaigns in their neighbourhoods to canvass votes for the party. Tinubu warned members against violence but urged them to protect their votes to ensure victory.APC leaders at the meeting include Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, APC governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu and his running mate, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, and the APC chairman in the state, Alhaji Tunde Balogun.The South West Woman Leader, Mrs Kemi Nelson and the state Woman Leader, Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas were also among hundreds of party faithful at the meeting.

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