Somolu-Bariga APC backs Tinubu for 2023 Presidency, canvass for support

The All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in Somolu and Bariga has stressed the need for power to return to the southern part of the country after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in Somolu and Bariga has stressed the need for power to return to the southern part of the country after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.

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Member Lagos State House of Assembly representing Somolu 1, Hon Emmanuel Rotimi Olowo and the Executive Chairman Somolu Local Governmet, Hon Abdul Salawu Hameed (Dullar)

This is as the leaders throw their weight behind former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the presidency under the aegis of BAT Movement.

The Chairman of Bariga Local Council who also doubles as the ALGON president, Hon Alabi Kolade David, his counterpart in Somolu, Hon Abdul Salawu Hameed (Dullar), member Lagos State House of Assembly representing, Somolu 1, Hon Emmanuel Rotimi Olowo and the Lagos State Civil Service Commissioner, Engr. Biodun Orekoya were dignitaries in attendance.

In his opening remarks, the Principal Coordinator of BAT Movement in Somolu, Hon. Mike Oihke made it known that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a man that has spread his tentacle across African borders in the service for humanity and a leader proved my many.

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The coordinator in Bariga, Hon. Taiwo Shodara made it known that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has turned Lagos around for good and he will do better when given the chance and support to rule Nigeria.

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Acting Apex leader of APC, Apostle Peter Oyewusi, urged the South-West to jettison separatist tendencies and ethnic hostilities for the quest for central power in 2023, he said BAT Movement is the authentic support group for Asiwaju and it will soon be launched in all the 16 political wards of Somolu and Bariga.

Also speaking at the event was the Akinrogun of Epe kingdom, Dr. Sakirudeen Dengel, he described Asiwaju as the father of modern day democracy in Nigeria, because he has touched lives of people across Nigeria.

Also in attendance were Hon. William Lawanson, Hon. John Osijo, Hon Gbolahan Bagostowe, Hon Bukola Adedeji ( SLG), Hon. Yomi Osunkoya led Somolu Legislative Council, Hon Temitope Okanlawon and his colleagues in Bariga; Hon Olisa, Deacon Femi Taiwo (APC Caretaker Chairman Somolu), Hon. Akin Mejolagbe (APC Caretaker Chairman Bariga) and Supervisory Councillors from both communities.

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