All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Tinubu described the main opposition party as a party of “termites”, which failed to fight the infrastructure battle as the ruling party for 16 years.
He spoke at the inauguration of the Tinubu-Shettima Women Presidential Campaign Team hosted by First Lady Aisha Buhari at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by his chief of staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, advised party chieftains to take advantage of the sizable female population and seek votes from every corner of the nation.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the First Lady and head of the APC Women Campaign Team, asked women and young people to band together and worked together to help the party win.
The flag bearer’s wife, senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), called the Tinubu-Shettima ticket the finest choice for Nigerians in 2023.
Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong, who serves as the Director-General of the Presidential Campaign Council, warned the women to refrain from using character assassination, hate speech, and propaganda during the campaign.
Women’s votes, according to APC National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu, will be a crucial factor in the election of next year. APC women leaders and representatives from 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) gathered at the location.
Tinubu praised the women’s dedication and a sense of purpose, saying he undertook the race to inspire hope among Nigerians.
He said: “To the women gathered here today, help is here, hope is here, assurance is here, the promise is here, prosperity is here, security is here. Banditry has ended, hopelessness is not part of our dictionary; we are confident people, unity is here, diversity is here, and prosperity is here.
“As Nigerians, we’re not going to give up. The sign on this cap is ‘broken shackles’. You break the shackle of poverty, break the shackle of ignorance, break the shackle of destitution, break the shackles of failures. God will bless us. We will break that shackle, we will succeed as Nigerians”.
Tinubu praised President Buhari for repositioning the country, stressing that he liberated Nigeria from a state of hopelessness across the sectors.
Urging Nigerians to reject the PDP at the poll, he said: “16 years of rudderlessness, of digging the hole of indebtedness of PDP. Never again shall they come back. Who are they? They are looters. Who are they? They are squanderers. Go out there and tell them a new hope is here. Tell them you’re following the man who knows the way; tell them you’re following the builder ”.
The ceremony was witnessed by Governors Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), APC Women Leader Beta Edu, and Nollywood actress Joke Silva.