The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Rilwan Akanbi, has described the victory of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the APC primaries as deserved.
In a statement made available to Vanguard, Akanbi hailed the candidates who contested for Tinubu, saying the victory was not surprising.
His words, “We saw it coming and you deserved to win. We are proud that this was one of our best democratic moments. Congratulations, Asiwaju.”
Akanbi, who is also the Deputy National Chairman of South-West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA’23), further said, “My thanks to former Governor Godswill Akpabio who was the first to throw in the towel, former Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi who also resigned for Tinubu. Dimeji Bankole, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Muhammad Badaru, governor of Jigawa, and Ajayi Boroffice, senator representing Ondo North, also withdrew from the presidential race and endorsed Tinubu, as did Uju Ohanenye, the only female APC presidential candidate, who also backed Tinubu.
“I also thank the delegates for ensuring that the primaries were free and fair. But most of all, I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for not only ensuring that the primaries were free and fair, but also that the party followed democratic processes in all its actions.
“And to Asiwaju Tinubu, your ability to lead this country after the general elections is beyond question. We look forward to that future moment.”
Akanbi also praised former Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“This is the beauty of democracy. I admire their courage for taking part in such a fierce competition,” he added.