By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Former Minister of Communications, Barr Adebayo Shittu, has said Asiwaju Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation (ATPCO) will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, emerges as president in 2023.
Addressing a press conference in Ibadan on Friday, Shittu, who is the Director General of ATPCO, said though the task ahead may be daunting, the business of marketing Tinubu would be easy because he is a man of immense goodwill.
“He is very much loved by Nigerians across regions and religions. He is at home with people of diverse culture and orientation and that makes him the obvious choice to make our nation great.
“His antecedents speak volumes of his abilities. He is head and shoulders above other flag bearers when it comes to understanding the economy. He loves the youth and wants the best for them. He is interested in the welfare of the downtrodden and wants to help them get better. He is a champion of social justice. He is the kind of President Nigeria needs to take it to the envisioned height,” Shittu said.
He noted that ATPCO was set up principally to galvanise support and midwife the electoral process that will culminate into Tinubu winning the 2023 presidential election. The former minister urged all the groups supporting Tinubu to put “our resources together to make the exercise impactful and successful.”
According to Shittu, “we are ready to take the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential campaign to every nook and cranny of this nation. We shall get to all the 36 states and the FCT: we shall be in all the 774 local government areas of the country; and we shall visit each of the 8,813 wards in the country. We shall get in touch with all eligible voters and reach every Nigerian. This is a very important campaign and we shall give it all that it requires.”
The former minister said the group will take Tinubu’s message of hope through various channels of communication to the electorate at the remotest part of the country.
“We shall be focused on our vision of marketing our principal and we have no doubt that the Nigerian electorate will make the right choice of voting for Asiwaju Tinubu in the presidential election so that Nigeria’s joumey to greatness can begin in earnest. This is our ultimate goal. It is achievable. Definitely, our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will be the next president of Nigeria by the grace of the Almighty,” he said.
He emphasised that ATPCO would cooperate fully with the party’s National Campaign Council that would be set up by APC, adding that for the group to make a success of the campaign, all hands must be on deck in good time.
“Our campaign strategy and blueprint will be unveiled soon and I. Dr. Adebayo Shittu, as the Director General shall be readily available to answer any enquiry on this project,” he added.
Shittu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern APC governors and other presidential aspirants who withdrew from the presidential primary, out of respect for Tinubu for their maturity, selflessness and patriotism.