President Bola Tinubu claimed on Thursday that he campaigned for reelection in Ogun State by invoking the spirit of freedom.
He claimed that during the campaign, some of his most well-received statements were used to call upon the spirit of himself and his fans.
The former governor of Lagos State claimed that the difficulties caused by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s cash swap policy during the electioneering period compelled him to call upon the state’s tradition of independence.
At a speech at Ijebu Ode, the president declared, “I invoked the spirit of freedom in Ogun,” referring to the region’s Awujale and supreme monarch, Oba Sikiru Adetona.
He continued, “I owe such a lot to all of you, and there is so much to thank you for; it is a homecoming. I have no further words to express my gratitude for the care and consideration you have shown me.
Many of you have been there for me and the country, and I appreciate that. You showed incredible loyalty, and dedication, and voted at a critical juncture.
Your funds have been seized. The currency exchange failed. Awful times, those. I was aware of this, so I made my way to Ogun State in an effort to spark the libertarian fervour for which we are known.
Twice I called upon that ghost. Awujale’s (Baba’s) (spiritual) guidance. Baba is the spirit of “Emi l’okan” (my turn). The embodiment of the spirit of forthrightness, that’s him.
“And the second spirit is that of money (Naira shortage), ‘ama dibo ama wole’ (we will vote and we will win). Ever since then, that has been the motivation behind my service.
According to The KURYALOADED, Tinubu’s comments during a presidential campaign in Abeokuta on June 3 sparked a firestorm on social media when he claimed that the ex-President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), had finally made it to Aso Rock after three previous attempts had failed.
His now-famous “emilokan” (It’s my turn) came out of his mouth at that event.
“I have to do this. I have a degree. I can speak from personal experience. I have a lengthy history of helping others. Tinubu had demanded, “Give me the presidency; my time has come.”
As an example of the fruits of his political labour, he casually mentioned Abiodun, whom he called “Eleyi.”
“Look at this one (Eleyi) seated behind me, Dapo, he wouldn’t have become governor without my support,” Tinubu had said.
While addressing APC delegates in Ogun State, Tinubu made the remark:
Many party faithful, including National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, interpreted his outburst as an attempt to insult the president and the governor of Ogun State.
In addition, Tinubu blamed a group of prominent people he did not identify for orchestrating the lack of fresh naira and petrol that sparked riots across the country in an effort to derail his political ambitions. An ally of his, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has confirmed that Tinubu is being sabotaged by high-ranking members of the Presidency, such as Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele.