“This Party Is Now Ready To Take Its Place And Forge Ahead,” Tinubu’s Address At Lagos APC Congress
Lagos Must and Will Continue to be A Role Model for the Entire Country, Bola Tinubu’s Address at Lagos APC Congress
Dear Party Leaders and Members.
Let me begin by acknowledging the fact that without your commitment, constant support and prayers, we would not be where we are today. That our great party, All Progressives Congress, APC, once at infancy, several months back, is now a mass movement with the powerful message of CHANGE resonating across the country.
Lagos State, especially you great members of our party, individually and collectively are a great part of building this party and the success we have recorded. I thank you most heartily.
Today, I must recognize the sacrifices that have been made by you all. The compromises reached. The spirit of understanding. Above all, your working together in ensuring the success of the democratic process. I thank you all and I hasten to urge you to ensure that the entire process is completed and must be completed today in a transparent and democratic manner. This completion we ensure that we have all party structures from Ward level to State in place towards meeting the greater challenges ahead of us. Lagos State has always taken the lead and must again retain that role of being a role model for democracy, party loyalty and team work.
I acknowledge that there were difficulties. Democracy is never a smooth sail. But I am glad to report that we all rose above primordial and parochial interest to put the party first. This selflessness and sacrifice for the greater good will be what our party and our country will need to move ahead and to succeed. Once again I say Thank you. To the winners, I urge you to work with all members because it is all about the party and not the individual. To those that did not win, I equally urge to work together and never to lose hope. There are greater opportunities yet and this Party will not forget you.
To the National Headquarters of our great party, APC, I thank you personally and on behalf of Lagos State for the team you sent down from Abuja and the wonderful job they did. They did our party proud and we salute them. Lagos State because of its huge number of party members, it’s very robust politics and its role as the thermometer of party politics within the APC in Nigeria at large presented its own challenges. This team was up to the task. Dr. Garba Abari, Hajia Aisha Dukku, former Minister of State, Education, Barrister Bosun Oladele, Hon. Tayo Adedeji and Mr. Joseph Akusoji, thank you for your hard work.We thank you for conducting the primaries successfully and our prayers and best wishes go to you.
Lagos must and will continue to be a role model for the entire country. Lagos will continue to exhibit political maturity, eschew violence and pursue democratic processes of ensuring party harmony is achieved and the interests of all diverse and competing groups are considered.
This party is now ready to take its place and forge ahead in the urgent task of nation building. From every corner, every village and constituency, we must band together, work together, stay together and pray together in order to achieve victory at the polls when the time comes.
I thank you all and God bless you all.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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