*As hoodlums attack convoy
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, returned to Lagos over the weekend, with mammoth crowd trooping out to receive him.
This is coming exactly 12 days after he won the party’s ticket, flooring the likes of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi; Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, amongst others.
Tinubu had in the days following his emergence visited all the contenders for the exalted seat in a bid to solicit their support and build the APC’s unity.
In a statement titled – ‘Welcome Home: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’, by members of the Lagos State Governance Advisory Committee on Saturday, a copy of which was obtained by NAN, they congratulated the presidential flag bearer.
“On behalf of the teeming members of the APC, we welcome home the presidential candidate of the party and Asiwaju of Lagos, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Your resounding victory in the presidential primary of the party is a national endorsement, an eloquent testimony of your pan-Nigerian outlook and disposition.
“You were chosen for being a firm believer in the Nigerian project and a tireless advocate of the nation’s prosperity and the general well-being of all, regardless of creed, geography or background.
“Welcome back home, the visioner of a prosperous Lagos, the worthy flag bearer of our great party,” part of the statement read.
Confirming, the spokesman for Tinubu’s campaign, Bayo Onanuga, had earlier said Tinubu would be hosted by the Lagos State Government.
Meanwhile, suspected hoodlums reportedly attacked a bus carrying journalists in the convoy of the APC presidential candidate.
The attack, according to eye witnesses, was said to have happened while Tinubu’s convoy was leaving the palace of Rilwan Akiolu, Oba of Lagos. Tinubu was said to have visited the Oba of Lagos shortly after arriving in the city from Abuja.
The hoodlums were said to have wielded cutlasses and sticks, and threw stones at the convoy.
Tinubu was accompanied by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, and his Kano counterpart, Umar Ganduje, on the visit to the Oba.
Tinubu won the presidential ticket the APC on June 8. His visit to Lagos which has been dubbed “homecoming” by his supporters is said to be his first since clinching the ticket.