Speaking at a special colloqiuium organised in his honour to mark his 62nd birthday in Lagos, Tinubu urged Nigerians to vote the ruling party out in next year’s presidential election.
Tagged, “The Summit of The Common Man”, the occasion attracted scores of prominent leaders of the APC, include a former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari, former vice president Atiku Abubakar as well as serving governors on the platform of the party.
Commenting on the state of the nation, Tinubu who stated that the country has never benefited from the current political arrangement lampooned the ruling party of foisting a reign of extortion on the people.
While urging the people to vote the PDP out next year, Tinubu said, “We need change that will sustain the economy. Hunger has no tribal marks. No matter who or what you are, you still have a trace of poverty in you.”
He went ahead to raise many posers saying “How can they (PDP) continue to win elections with the removal of subsidy. These people are shameless. That the number of years that they have spent doesn’t matter to them anymore.”
He called for a thorough probe into the controversial $20 billion, saying “They call all other people all sorts of names when they cannot account for the missing $20billion. Account for the money!
“They are shameless that they still steal from the pensioners. They even took our children to the stadiums for job tests and they picked their pockets. They are racketeers and we must do everything to kick them away.”
Earlier in his welcome speech, Governor Babtunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State lauded his predecesor in offfice for nurturing future leaders, saying in spite of whatever his opponents might say, he has given a good account of himself.
“Because he (Tinubu) has opted to serve the country, he has come under severe attacks from people. Perhaps, if he had stayed in his comfort zone, probably he won’t have been under this kind of attacks,” the governor said.