THE Mainland of Lagos wore a carnival look Saturday, when members and party officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) marched from Ikorodu Road to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere to demonstrate their loyalty for the party.
Tagged, One-million-man March For Buhari, the gathering attracted huge crowd estimated about two million, according to sources from the APC secretariat.
Beginning from 7:30 am, party members in branded attires and with posters of various candidates of the party, started arriving in batches at the Maryland end of their meeting point. Before 8am, the corridor was already filled with people, setting the tone for the march.
Drumming, singing, dancing and chanting party slogans, the politicians by 8:30 set out in slow march from Maryland to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, the terminal point.
Among notable party members leading the march were the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; running mate of the APC presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and his wife; the APC governorship candidate in the state, Akinwunmi Ambode; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and members of Lagos State House of Assembly led by their Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji.
Others were the senatorial candidates of the APC: Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa; Lagos Central, Remi Tinubu; and Lagos West, Solomon Olamileka Adeola and wife of the Lagos State governor, Abimbola Fashola.
In his address, Tinubu urged supporters of the party to vote for change in the March 28 presidential election and for continuity in the governorship election scheduled for April 12.
He said the long expected change that Nigerians hoped for could have been achieved on February 14, if not for the PDP and its cronies that conspired to shift the elections.
Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said President Jonathan has failed Nigerians and should be voted out of office come march 28.
Comparing the President to Prophet Jonah in the Bible, who God gave message of hope and deliverance to the children of Israelites, but was later cast into the raging sea, Aregbesola said the original purpose of God for Mr. President is to come and deliver the country, but since he got into power, he abandoned his divine assignment and plunged the country into hardship; it is, therefore, a must for us to cast him out of office with our votes on March 28.”