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After INEC Presents Certificate of Returns To Tinubu’s Allies

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Nigeria News takes a look at the visits of elected officials under APC to Tinubu’s residence.

This question sounds rhetoric but it has gotten an answer. The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu may not have contested for any elective post, he has received loads of certificates of return since the party emerged victorious in the last general election.

The “Lion of Bourdillon” has played host to many of his allies who won in the general election. These elected officials did not just visit Bourdillon, Ikoyi residence of Tinubu to pay homage, they were there to show him their certificates of return.

Tinubu had played a key role to ensure many of these candidates, including those for the state house of assembly, National Assembly and governorship win the election.

He bankrolled many of them to the seat they will be occupying for the next four years. Many of these candidates became relevant in politics and by extension the last election because they had the backing of Tinubu.

A week ago, INEC presented the certificates of return to the Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the state Deputy governor-elect, Dr. Femi Hamsat in the presence of their wives.

The two had since visited Bourdillon to present the certificate, which authenticate them as the new helmsmen in the affairs of Lagos beginning from May 29.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa led other lawmakers to Bourdillon to thank “Jagaban of Borgu” and also show him their certificates of return. A lot of pictures were taken by my friend, Taiwo Okanlawon who is the official photographer of Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

The presentation of certificates by the elected officials to Tinubu marks the beginning of other rounds of “allegiance” to the man who dictates the tune.

This show of certificates of return extends beyond Lagos. The senator-elect in Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Opeyemi Bamidele was also in Lagos to present his certificate to Tinubu.

The Ogun State Governor-Elect, Dapo Abiodun has performed the same duty. To them, this exercise shows loyalty. Besides the presentation of certificates, many of these politicians have made it a point of duty to visit Bourdillon to take instruction, including Lagos APC CHiarma, Tunde Balogun.

They all pay thank you visit. Tinubu is busier now on how to ensure the election of Senator Ahmad Lawan as the next Senate President and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the next Speaker, House of Representatives.

He will need more loyal federal lawmakers to actualize this dream. The loyalty goes beyond the show of certificate of return. At a time Senator Ali Ndume has refused to drop his ambition for Senate presidency, Tinubu is poised that the only people that could help him install Lawan are those he had helped to secure tickets to the red and green chambers.

As at yesterday, Ndume had a closed-door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. This meeting, according to a source was initiated by Tinubu. But Ndume refused to compromise his aspiration as he vowed to contest against Lawan.

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