Prince Ade Omole, Director of Diaspora Directorate, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), has assured the party’s members that APC will win in the Presidential Election Tribunal.
He gave the assurance at a dinner held at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday, 9 March, 2023, organised by the Directorate to appreciate its members and to thank God for the party’s victory at the Saturday, 25 February, 2023 presidential election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party are currently in court challenging the outcome of the election, alleging that it was characterised by electoral malpractice.
This was after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Sen. Bola Tinubu, the APC candidate at the election as President-elect.
“No matter what the sore losers say, no matter what the opposition is saying, I know we won the Presidential election at the polling booths across the Nation, if they like, let them go to court, they are within their rights to do so.
“We will meet them in court and we will win again in court, we won on-ground and we will win in court.
“We can match them any day, anytime, and in any court of law. Nigerians voted for our candidate, now President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, and he will lead this country as ordained.
“It has happened and we are going forward; we are not going backwards,” Omole said, adding that Tinubu was a man of action.
This, he said, was why he called his manifesto action plan because he was prepared to take action while other candidates were talking about manifestos.
He explained that Tinubu already had plans to take action from day one and would hit the ground running in the right direction once he was sworn in as the country’s next president on May 29.
“He will ensure the success of the country in all ramifications once he is sworn in, and we all will be running with him in the right direction to make Nigeria great and better for all,” Omole said.
He also assured that Tinubu would reward all loyal and dedicated party members, adding that Tinubu is a man of character with the requisite experience and was competent enough to lead the country as President.
Omole said Tinubu had shown that he was capable to rule the country from his antecedents as a former two-term governor of Lagos State as his achievements were there for all to see.
He added that members of the directorate had worked very hard in the last couple of months to achieve the party’s electoral victory at the polls, saying that its leaders also led well.
He explained that though there were lots of progressives out there, the dinner was to celebrate with those in Abuja while thanking them.
“Again, there is this claim about the APC not rewarding and appreciating loyal and dedicated members, I want to assure you that we are changing that narrative from this directorate.
“That is one of the reasons we are hosting a few of us that worked very hard and went beyond the call of duty pre and during the campaign season. The campaign is over and we are prepared for people-oriented governance,” Omole said.
Also at the event, *Hajia Zainab Ibrahim*, APC Deputy National Women Leader, expressed optimism that at the end of Tinubu’s first tenure, there would be a clamour for him to run for a second term because he would have done so much for the country.
She appreciated Omole for his commitment and steadfastness, saying that the APC PCC Diaspora Directorate under his leadership had put in so much and had been consistent in ensuring the party’s advancement and victory.
She noted that in spite of all attempts to stop Tinubu even ahead of the party’s primary, divinity made it possible for him to emerge as President-elect.
She described Tinubu and the Vice-President-elect, Sen. Kashim Shettima as great mentors, saying that God had packaged them for the country at this moment to bring unprecedented development to Nigerians.
“With Tinubu, Nigerians had made the right choice, but I want to urge us to continue praying for him nonstop, the same way we pray for ourselves and our children.
“We should always put our leaders in prayers because it is not easy, but since it is a divine mandate, we trust God.
“We should continue praying to God to give them more wisdom, ability, good health and a better understanding of our people and the country so they can rule beyond our expectations.
“Forward ever, we have won this mandate in a free, fair and credible election and I am sure that Tinubu will do better as a president,” the APC National Deputy Women Leader said.
NAN reports that the highlight of the event, which was attended by APC NWC members, PCC Leadership and Diaspora leaders, was the presentation of appreciation letters to deserving supporters and progressives. Dignitaries in attendance were Hajiya Zainab Ibrahim, APC Deputy National Women Leader, Hon Christopher Tarka, Deputy Secretary, APC Presidential Campaign Council; Engr. Yusuf Hussaini, Deputy Director, Diaspora Directorate, Hajiya Layla Ali Othman, Alh. Abdullahi Bello Suleiman, Pst. (Mrs) Dayo Benjamins Laniyi, Hon Ejike Njeze, Hajiya Fatima Katsina, Ambassador Kayode Oguntuase, Prof Adediwura, APC Director, Hon. George Agbakahi, Member APC PCC Media & Publicity Directorate among others.
Omole was recognised as one of Nigeria’s Diaspora Icons by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) in 2022.