At the presidential primary national convention which took place on Tuesday, June 7 into the afternoon of Wednesday, Tinubu polled 1,271 votes to clinch the Party’s nomination ahead of his closest rival, Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister of Transportation who got 316 votes.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo polled 235 votes, while Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan got 152 votes. Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello got 47 delegates votes.
Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu who was the Chairman of the Convention’s Election Management Committee declared Tinubu winner of the presidential nomination primary.
Tinubu in his acceptance speech spoke on the journey ahead of the party to victory in the general elections and noted that the party must work to ensure PDP does not return to power after 16 years of colossal failure.
“They ruined our economy. They left abandoned projects. How many abandoned projects did they leave behind? We must keep the key of our treasury away from them. PDP must not be allowed to return back to power.”
Tinubu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Wife of President, Aisha Buhari, Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, APC Governors, members of National Assembly for their support.
He also expressed his profound gratitude to his co-contestants and the aspirants who stepped down for him for the victory.
“I specially thank my fellow contestants who stepped down for me. You did so because you believe in my brain and that does not in any way diminish you,” he said.
Tinubu promised to provide the right leadership to tackle them headlong to make the country prosperous, if elected next February.
The APC Presidential candidate said he has the brain and the know-how to turn the country around, adding that he will set up a competent team to help him make the country better.
He bemoaned the fate of the country for being a consuming nation and one that uses automobiles and other consumer goods that it can not produce.
“We use cars. We can not even produce their brake pads,” he lamented.
Tinubu said if elected as President, promised that his administration will dredge the Calabar Port to allow bigger ships to come in and build a productive economy where manufacturing and local production of goods and services will be the bedrock of economy.
“I want to thank our men and women in uniform who stay away from their families to keep us safe. We say thank you,” Tinubu said.
On those who cause ethnic and religious strife that have led to the death of many innocent Nigerians, and spreading hatred and division in the country, Tinubu told the delegates and supporters to tell them when they return home to stop.
“Tell Nigerians that we are not the barbaric people they think we are. Religion is mostly adopted by birth and we continue in them. The life you take, you cannot bring back. The hate you spill cannot cure your hunger.
”We are human beings and we must live together. We must have tolerance and love for each other,” he stated.
President Buhari, National Chairman of APC, Governors and other leaders joined Tinubu and his wife on stage to present the party flag to him as the duly elected Presidential candidate.