As part of his nationwide campaign tour, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nominee Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo, were in Lagos State, the City of Excellence, to reach out to voters before the 14th February election date.
The delegation’s first stop was at the palace of the Oba of Lagos State, Oba Rilwan Akiolu who received them warmly and referred to the morning downpour as “a rain of calm and blessings” for the APC party.
Buhari and Oba Rilwan Akiolu
After the visit, the delegation then journeyed to the rally location at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, enjoying an open air bus ride that conveyed them from Lagos Island. At the rally, the event was led by Reps member Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Dino Melaye, members of the APC campaign council, who took turns introducing delegates to the people gathered.
Don Jazzy, Olamide, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
Part of the activity for the day were performances by fuji legend King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM1), and from new-generation artists including Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, Olamide of YBNL, Davido, and Dammy Krane, who all took turns to treat the enthusiastic crowd to their most popular songs, some remixed for the occasion.
Right to left: Buhari, Oshinbajo, Tinubu, Fashola, Ambode arriving for the rally
Addressing the huge gathering at the stadium, Gov Rotimi Amaechi made to the case for why PDP should not be re-elected: “Jonathan has been tested once and have failed us in everything. He should not be given a second chance; there is no indication things will get better this time.”
The presidential candidate, the running mate and their wives
Babatunde Fashola, Adams Oshiomole, Rauf Aregbesola, Bola Tinubu also took turns to deliver speeches of encouragement with Oshiomole saying, “We need a government that will put in place a coherent industrial policy that will boost the Nigeria economy, and Buhari can deliver on this.”
APC chiefs at the Lagos rally
The APC national chairman Chief John Oyegun took to the stage to introduce Osinbajo and Buhari to the people. Buhari, amidst shouts of “Sai Buhari”, spoke on the essence of the ‘Change’ message: “We have suffered under the regime of the PDP for 16 years,” he told the audience. “On 14 February go out and vote PDP out from the top to the bottom, in the interests of the nation.” He also identified the three fundamental issues facing the country: insecurity, corruption, and the flailing economy, all of which he assured would be tackled squarely under a Buhari/Osinbajo administration.
Part of the crowd at the APC rally in Lagos
Other delegates on board the presidential convoy were: party National Chairman Chief John Oyegun; National leader Bola Tinubu; Director General of the APC presidential campaign, Gov Rotimi Amaechi; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole; Lagos State Governor, Babatunde
Fashola; Lagos State gubernatorial candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, and many