The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Mai-Martaba Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, as a lucky man for raising him to become what he is today stressing that the monarch had stood firmly by him during his trying time.
He commended the Emir’s bravery when he was in the service as a Judge that saved him from being convicted adding that when he was arrested and kept in custody, “God used you to save me and make me who I am today.”
Tinubu spoke at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin on Tuesday as part of his presidential campaign visit to the state.
ROYAL NEWS reports that all the first class traditional rulers in the state and chiefs in the Ilorin Emirate were seated to receive the campaign team.
On the entourage of the presidential candidate were; Kasim Shettima (running mate), Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC national chairman), Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Governor Simon Lalong (APC presidential campaign Director General), Adams Oshiomole (former APC national chairman) Mallam Saliu Mustapha (Turaki of Ilorin) Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq (Mutawalle of Ilorin), Mallam Lanre Onilu (Campaign Media Team) and all candidates of the party in Kwara State among others.
According to Tinubu, “You are my father, I was born into your hands, you raised me, you nurtured me to become what I am today. I can never forget what you have done in my life. When I was arrested, arraigned and brought before you, I was asked to sign some documents of acceptance which some other people had signed. Infact the Arthoney General was brought to the court that day in order to ensure that I was nailed and convicted, rather I threw the papers into my mouth and chewed them.
“You were so brave to say that you were ready to resign from your position that to dispense injustice to me. You granted my release and surprisingly, you didn’t leave the court until after 8pm, you observed your Mogrib and Ishai prayers in the office, waiting for the perfection of my release documents, what a great man!
“With this, I shall remain indebted to you forever. Today, I have come to you to seek your blessing to become the next president of Nigeria. I want you to pray for me, that is all I have come to tell you. I want to come back here to thank you as the president of this country.”
In his remarks, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari congratulated the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for having the Senator Kasim Shettima as his running mate in the forthcoming poll.
“I will not take your time, rather, I will use your time”, the Emir said adding that Asiwaju Tinubu has being saying good things about him everywhere he goes stressing that, “When you were made the Chief Launcher at a book launch event held in Gwandu, you donated the sum of N20million and you took permission to recognise somebody very special to you, I was interested in knowing the person and surprisingly, you mentioned my name. That was a very big honour.
“May Allah continue to honour you and grant your heart desires. Kindly ensure that you support our Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to get re-elected for the second term because he has done well for us in Kwara and we are proud of him.”
Ealier, the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Dr. Muhammad Bashir Imam Soliu OON, said that the Emi L’okan slogan has further confirmed God’s endorsement of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s desire to be the next president of Nigeria even as he prayed Allah to grant him victory at the poll.
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