National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said
Igbo residents in Lagos are free to vote for any candidate of their choice during elections.
Tinubu said this on Tuesday as he met with members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Lagos State and cautioned them against instigating violence during the upcoming guber election.
The transport Union members met with the APC national leader at his residence in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, to congratulate him over the victory of his party at the just concluded Presidential election and discuss about upcoming elections in the state.
The NURTW members were led by Chairman, Lagos State Branch, Tajudeen Agbede; the Treasurer, Musiliu Akinsanya (a.k.a MC Oluomo) and others. At the meeting, it was gathered that Tinubu, who was accompanied by Senator Ganiyu Solomon, urged the members to cast their votes for the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other candidates of the party.
Tinubu, who expressed his displeasure over the rumoured attacks on non-indigenes in some parts of the state during and after the presidential and National Assembly elections by members of the union, said Igbo residents in Lagos are free to vote for any candidate of their choice during elections.
One of Tinubu’s aide, who was privy to the meeting said Tinubu who said elections should not cause disunity and war among Nigerians also warned the leaders of the union against incidents of ballot box snatching, intimidation and harassment of voters, saying anyone who engages in such acts will have himself to blame.
During the meeting, Tinubu also appealed to the leaders to enjoin their members to vote for Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governorship candidate of the APC, in the elections so as to ensure continuity of good governance in the state.
According to his aide, “It was a very brief meeting. During the meeting, he didn’t mince words in telling them that he will not condone attacks on non-indigenes, especially Igbo residents in the state. He said they are free to vote for any political party or candidates of their choice without threats of harassment and intimidations from anyone in the state.
“He also warned the union leaders to ensure that none of their members in their domain engaged in incidents of ballot snatching or violence in any form. He asked them not to interfere in anyway with the voting process, warning that anyone caught causing mayhem will have himself to blame.
“Lastly, he solicited for votes for his candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whom he believes can continue with the masterplan of Lagos, the foundation which he laid when he governed the state from 1999 to 2007”.