Before the election, Bola Tinubu rallies in the Lagos Power Base
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the nominee for the ruling party, completed the final leg of his presidential campaign on Tuesday in Lagos, where he was triumphantly greeted in a crowded stadium.
Four days before election day, thousands of people gathered inside the Teslim Balogun sports complex in the city center, offering a boisterous conclusion to Tinubu’s statewide campaign tour.
One of three frontrunners in an unprecedentedly close contest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari is Tinubu, a 70-year-old former governor of Lagos and candidate for the ruling All Progressives Party (APC).
Nigerians, a nation battling rising insecurity and a faltering economy, have registered to vote in the election scheduled for this Saturday.
Because of his political clout, Tinubu is known as the “Godfather of Lagos.” He claims that his two terms as governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007 have given him the experience that Nigeria needs.
“I’ll cast my ballot for my dad. He truly is a father to all of us, according to Motunrato Amuda, a 29-year-old caterer who is sporting the red, blue, and green of the APC.
The arena was filled with party supporters who had been transported there on buses. They sang, danced, and waved party flags while Afrobeats musicians played.
Several people in Lagos gave Tinubu’s administration credit for the city’s fast urbanization, increase in infrastructural projects, and high level of internally generated income.
He played a significant role in selecting his successors and other important officials in Lagos state after he left government.
He is the right person for the task. The only person who is capable of doing it is him, according to businessman Shittu Surajudeen, 60.
He said that “he genuinely enhanced medical, educational, infrastructural, and security.”
– Unprecedented three-way contest: The election on Saturday has turned into a race between three candidates.
Atiku Abubakar, the 76-year-old former vice president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Obi, the 61-year-old former governor of southeast Anambra state, are Tinubu’s opponents.
Since the end of military rule in 1999, the PDP and APC have jointly led the nation and dominated the political landscape.
But Obi, a successful businessman himself, has emerged as a formidable rival, appealing strongly to young people and offering a message of change.
While running for office, Tinubu promised to “renew hope” for Nigerians.
But, he was also questioned about past corruption issues, which he denies, as well as his health.
Tinubu, a political kingmaker, helped Buhari win the presidency in 2015 and now declares that “it’s my turn” to take office.
Former army general Buhari is resigning after serving the maximum of two terms permitted by the constitution.
When he took office in 2015, he vowed to put an end to the insurgency that had been started by jihadists in the nation’s northeast.
But according to Nigerians, insecurity is a major worry.
Along with fighting jihadists, criminal gangs in the northwest, and separatists in the southeast, the military forces are still engaged in combat.
While the nation recovers from the coronavirus outbreak and the economic effects of Russia’s war in Ukraine, inflation has risen to over 20%.