By Joy Odor
The All Progressives Congress, (APC) People With Disability (PWDs) National Leader, Tolu Bankole has informed that the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will emerge winner of next month’s presidential poll.
The NWC member who is on the Tinubu/ Shettima campaign train across the country submitted that a Tinubu presidency is the best bet, saying Nigerians have shun those who are bent on stoking religious and ethnic biles to show overt support for Tinubu.
He stated this in a press release to journalists on Sunday in Abuja.
The statement reads: “2023 is a momentous year especially in the life of our country. We must ensure the choice of an acculturate Nigerian with a track record of unparalleled achievements in both private and public sectors.
“We must understand that the progressive ideals of All Progressives Congress, APC is bigger than any individual. Hence, the need to vote for a candidate who will build on the gains of the incumbent and offer far reaching elixirs to the current challenges in the country.
“In our campaign stops across the country, it is obvious Nigerians have embraced reason and truth. They are unanimous in shunning those bent on stoking the embers of hate using religious and ethnic fault lines. They have made their chief objective competence in the choice of leadership which Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope epitomizes. This implies that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the next president of Nigeria.”
He called on Persons With Disabilities to take advantage of the devolution of PVCs to the electoral wards by the electoral umpire, INEC and collect their PVCs to vote for Tinubu and all other APC candidates in the coming election.
“I call on all Persons With Disabilities who have not collected their PVCs; those who applied for transfer or replacement of cards across the country to go and collect their PVCs at their electoral wards in order to achieve our drive for political, educational, economic and social inclusion of PWDs through the ballot.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission has devolved PVC collection to the 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th January 2023. To ensure those that are unable to collect their PVCs at the Local Government Offices of the Commission can do so at the Registration Areas/Electoral Wards.
“Let me appeal to the election umpire that Persons With Disabilities must be treated with consideration due to our peculiarities during this PVCs collection period across the country to minimize the incidences of ill treatment in previous exercises.
“For the umpteenth time, I call for the dignified inclusion of PWDs in political campaigns. No candidate is expected to treat PWDs as miscreants during campaign. I frown at any campaign model that will derogate or endanger the lives of PWDs. All PWDs must be treated in a dignified manner during campaigns” the statement concluded.