The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has told South East leaders to ignore Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State at their own peril.

Tinubu spoke in Owerri on Thursday at a town hall meeting with South East private sector drivers and political leaders drawn from the APC. 

Tinubu could not hold back his feelings about Governor Uzodimma as a leader with the capacity to galvanize and organize human resources to achieve result. 

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He expressed delight in what he saw in Owerri and therefore called on Nigerians to join hands with him and the APC to bring prosperity and renewed hope to the country by massively casting their ballots for his party. 

Tinubu called on people of goodwill to “vote for progress and to be part of the nation’s golden future and never to allow those who put the country backwards in 16 years to come back again.” 

The APC Presidential candidate noted that “knowledge drives the economy and the economy moves the government to success and development.”

He assured he has come to deliver on good governance in Nigeria.

Tinubu emphasized that Nigerians have the resources and the capacity to move forward as against incessant lamentation. 

The former Governor of Lagos State told  the South East business and political leaders that he can guarantee that his government at the centre will comprise people across the country, “who will come together to discuss the grievances of the country and how to overcome them.”

Tinubu reiterated that he and his team are “coming to serve the people and not to be their boss,” that he has “brought progressive governance and forward-looking government and not the type that will take Nigerians backwards.”

He noted that the host Governor,  Uzodimma, is “an encouragement to the party which stands for the renewal of hope for the Party.”

Tinubu encouraged the business community to continue to support him because when he assumes office he will create an enabling environment that will make their businesses more prosperous.

In his welcome remarks, the Governor Uzodimma who is also the APC Campaign Coordinator for South East said the reason for the town hall meeting was for members of the public to interrogate some of the challenges and issues they have been facing in their businesses.

He described the town hall meeting as a brilliant opportunity and an idea bought by the Presidential Candidate of APC “who ordinarily could have sat at his comfort zone and send hired consultants to come to the South East and find out what their problems are.”

In his remarks, the Director General the APC Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong said the APC meeting “provides a very unique opportunity for the presidential candidate of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Senator Kashim Shettima, to further break down the content of the manifesto for the New Hope  Renewed.” 

In his goodwill message, the Governor of Ebonyi State  Engr. Dave Umahi challenged Tinubu to use his office as president to correct the anomaly of “why since after the war in 1970 the South East has not been able to occupy certain positions”.

Umahi concluded that the governors of APC in the South East have great confidence inTinubu and that “Nigeria needs a businessman that will transform the economy of Nigeria to lead them.”

The Coordinator of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMSEs), Emeka Mgbudem said going through the manifesto the business communities have a lot of future in the government of Tinubu.

He however requested that Tinubu, on assuming office, should help to dismantle the several checkpoints in the South East, help to restore good roads, electricity and access to the seaport that will guarantee ease of doing business


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