HUNDREDS of youths trooped out in Lagos yesterday protesting what they described as gang-up against the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by the party hierarchy.
The youths who converged at the frontage of the Lagos State House of Assembly complex, Alausa, Ikeja embarked on “Bola Tinubu Loyalty Walk” that terminated at the APC state secretariat along ACME road also in Ikeja.
They were received by the APC leaders in the state including party chairman Otunba Henry Ajomale, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, Vice chairman; Chief Babatunde Ologunde and Olumuyiwa John, the Deputy Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly.
The leader of the protesting youth, Akanbi Afonja said we are protesting against the gang up against Tinubu and to express our unflinching support for him as APC national leader.
Akanbi said: “Tinubu has done much for the APC to win the presidential election. We know what he deserves; he’s a man of honour; a trail blazer and a builder. We are not happy with what is going on among the leadership of the APC.
“The gang-up against Tinubu is unfair. We want you (our leaders in the Southwest) to stand firm. Without Asiwaju everything is hollow. He introduced APC and President Muhammadu Buhari to us. Asiwaju fought for him but he is now being paid back in negative form. Our support for him is 100 percent,” Afonja reiterated.
Responding, Ajomale thanked the youths for rising against the attempt to rubbish Tinubu. He said they have done a lot by showing the vibrancy of younger generation and urged them “not to allow our leader to be rubbished.”
Ajomale stated that Tinubu was the brain behind the formation and creation of APC, saying nobody can take away the leadership of the party from him.
He said the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which Tinubu led to the negotiation table for the formation of APC was a senior partner. We went there with six governors, the highest produced by the parties that merged to form APC.
“What we want is justice. Whatever you do you must reap the fruits of your labour. Asiwaju started the revolution against changing the PDP government, he should not be rubbished. Asiwaju is not fighting to become President of Nigeria but for the welfare of the common people.
“Someone is trying to put things right but few are trying to create problems within the party in order to truncate our plan for the country, we won’t allow them,” he said.
Odunmbaku said nobody can ignore the contribution of Tinubu in the formation of the APC and the role he played towards the victory of the party in the last general elections.