From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

 

President Bola Tinubu Monday expressed optimism on Monday that the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), will win the September 2024 gubernatorial elections in Edo State.

He stated this during the presentation of the party’s flag to the Edo gubernatorial candidate, Monday Okpebholo, and his running mate, Dennis Idahosa, at the State House, Abuja.

According to a statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President, while addressing a gathering of party stalwarts led by the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, pledged that the party would stand with the candidates “like the wall of Gibraltar.”

“If you are happy; we are happy. If you are determined; we are determined. We are going to work with you. We are going to stand with you like the wall of Gibraltar. That is all I can assure you. The party is supreme, but victory is superior and very important,” he said.

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President Tinubu commended the leadership of the party in Edo for their efforts towards the success of the candidates and the party.

He particularly lauded Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of the state, for his exemplary leadership.

“Distinguished Senator and our flagbearer, we are putting you forward in order to hold the party in trust for us and achieve victory for us. You and your running mate have been described as giant killers, and you have worked tirelessly with the party leadership,” he said.

The President, while inviting Edo State woman leader, Betty Okoebor, to speak on the party’s readiness for the election, reiterated that with the strong support of women, victory is assured.

“If the women say we are going to win, then we are good to go because they constitute the largest number of voters and the most dedicated,” President Tinubu affirmed.

In his remarks, the National Chairman of the APC emphasized the unity of purpose within the party towards achieving victory in the election.

“Our candidate is soft-spoken, focused, and an achiever. He is a product that is highly marketable, and I am confident that with him as our flagbearer, we will bring Edo back to our party,” said.