The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has confirmed the postponement of the presidential campaign rally of its flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, earlier scheduled to hold at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, on Tuesday, saying the decision was taken by the Governor Simon Lalong-led Presidential Campaign Council in view of the mood of the nation.
The Tinubu/Shettima state-wide campaign rally had earlier been moved from January 9, to February 7, 2023 and reports have it that arrangement had reached its crescendo when news filtered in from Abuja that the event will not hold on Tuesday as scheduled.
Confirming the development in a telephone interview on Monday, the APC Publicity Secretary in Oyo State, Olawale Sadare, regretted the postponement, which he said became inevitable “since the crisis occasioned by the fuel scarcity and federal government’s cashless policy implementation as well as local currency redesigning.”
“We regret to announce the indefinite postponement of our presidential rally earlier slated for tomorrow (Tuesday). The decision was taken, apparently, in consideration to the prevailing challenges facing the people and the need to allow President Muhammadu Buhari work around the situation and ensure that normalcy return, particularly as it concerns fuel and currency notes crisis.
“At Oyo APC, we were convinced that it was necessary to go ahead with the event in order not to play into the hands of some anti-democratic forces who do not want the nation’s general election to go on as scheduled because they feel the outcome of the poll, this time, would produce a new order capable of returning Nigeria to Nigerians.
“Although, a new date is yet to be announced, I can assure the general public that Oyo state will host Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in no time and it is going to be a huge success. However, we appeal for calm among the citizenry as we must not lose focus on doing all that is necessary to ensure the fruition of the dream to have Tinubu as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Sadare stated.