by Akintomiwa Agbaje
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the party would not falter in its legitimate struggle to “rescue Nigeria” from the “rudderless and clueless” Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)-led government at the centre. yesterday
Speaking during the installation of the APC Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, as the Baba-Oba of Imoru by Oba Munirudeen Bashorun, in Imoru-Ijebu, Ogun State yesterday, said the APC (progressives) would provide the country with “purposeful and quality leadership” needed to pull it away from the brink.
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According him, the struggle to salvage Nigeria and place her on the path of genuine development and transformation by the progressives had been on for a long time.
The APC National Leader, who is the Agbaakin of Imoru-Ijebu, expressed gladness that about 16 progressive governors cutting across the country are currently joining hands with him and others in the “crusade for a better Nigeria.”
Tinubu said, “We will provide Nigerians with good leadership; once upon a time, Ogun State was on the wrong political corner of this country. Now, we have a purposeful and people-oriented government in Ogun State.
“There was a time I was alone, but today we have 16 governors on a rescue boat. We shall rescue Nigeria as a whole. We shall succeed in this crusade to save Nigeria. As Moses crossed the Red Sea, no going back to Pharaoh again.
“The PDP-led administration at the centre is demolishing democratic structures without any plan to rebuild it.”
While commending APC governors in the South west and other parts of the country for their determination to make things better for citizens of their respective states, Tinubu expressed satisfaction at the massive infrastructural development in Ogun State, which he described as second to none in the annals of the Gateway State.
He said, “Ijebu-Ode is already a giant construction site with the dualisation of roads going on, the overhead bridge, thank you Governor Amosun for your dedication and commitment to duty which made the transformation possible.”
In his acceptance speech, Akande lauded Oba Bashorun, his chiefs and Imoru people for finding him fit to be bestowed the title of Baba Oba, pledging to always work for the growth and development of the town.
Akande noted that the traditional institutions remain the custodian of the people’s culture, history and tradition and rued that it is now being bastardised by government’s interference.
The former Governor of Osun State warned traditional rulers in the country, particularly those in the Southwest region not to be part of the touted , which he said may not be in their best interest and the institution they represent.