…says Tinubu will emerge victorious

Hope James

The Southwest Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA), has dismissed the endorsement of Labour party candidate, Peter Obi by the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as empty and without substance.

The national chairman of SWAGA, Senator Dayo Adeyeye made this known on Tuesday in Ekiti State during a party organized for members of the campaign group in Ekiti, Ondo, Kogi and other states.

According to him, the victory of the former governor of Lagos state won’t be affected by the decision of the former president.

” Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has the right to endorse any candidate, and it is also our constitutional right to support and canvass for whoever we like. I can tell you that the people of Southwest, even the people of Egba land where Obasanjo comes from, they will vote massively for Tinubu, and he will win.

” The endorsement of the Labour Party candidate will have absolutely no negative impact on the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; we are in the southwest here and we know the politics of the region.

” Don’t forget as SWAGA, we have promised to deliver 14 million votes, we have not changed our mind on this important promise, and we have been working towards fulfilling it, even more than that figure. There is no reason that anybody will not support him because he has done well for the country by fighting for the democracy, we are all enjoying today.

” We have met over 300 traditional rulers in Yoruba land, and the candidate himself has done that too and all of them have endorsed him. Afenifere has endorsed him including all Yoruba leaders, I don’t think what Obasanjo has done will have any impact on the chances of Bola Tinubu in the forthcoming election.”

On the issues raised by Obasanjo in his letter regarding the capacity and competence of the presidential candidates, Adeyeye said that Tinubu has proved to be prepared for the task of rebuilding the nation with his practicable action plan different from his other contenders.

” Talking about health, the health of a man is in the hands of God. Let me tell that many of those who said President Muhammadu Buhari will die in 2015, many of those who said that have died. I don’t think we should play God concerning the health of individuals.

” Who is more hardworking than Tinubu as we approach the election? None of the candidates. You can see he is meeting critical stakeholders’ day and night. You can be engrossed in rumors and speculation; I can say this man is fit and competent to be the president of our nation.

” I think President Obasanjo will continue to raise issues. Nobody will ever be good in the eyes of the former president, even if Obafemi Awolowo was to be the president, he will see reasons to criticize him. In his eyes, nobody is good and better than him,” he said.

On his part, a former member of the House of Representatives, Oyetunde Ojo revealed that SWAGA would continue to work and mobilize for the presidential ambition of Tinubu ahead of the election, noting that the group would not be distracted by the antics of the opposition.

” We have been on the field as a group canvassing for Tinubu and we will work till the last minute in February because our principal didn’t believe in laziness, he is everywhere talking to the people

” We are going to unit, ward, local government areas to tell them the benefits of an Asiwaju Tinubu presidency and that is what we will continue till the day of the election.”