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Letter Exposes How Igbo Leaders In Lagos Demanded N26million To Endorse Tinubu

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The Ndigbo in Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held a town hall summit on Tuesday, October 4 where they endorsed the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the state governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the 2023 general elections.

The event was held in Ikeja, and attended by APC chairman in Lagos, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi; the commissioner for waterfront and infrastructure, Arch. Kabiru Abdulai; Jude Idimogu, the deputy leader of Ndi Igbo in APC and president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos, Sunday Ossai, among others.

However, a letter seen by Sahara Reporters showed that the Igbo leaders requested N26 million to organise the event. The letter was addressed to Joe Igbokwe, who is an aide to Governor Sanwo-Olu. Part of the letter read:

“Given the level of contacts and mobilizations we have done so far with regard to the town hall meeting, we are expecting a minimum of four thousand five hundred people with PVCS who are members of our great party, APC of Igbo extraction in Lagos.

“We are constrained by the capacity of the hall at Ikeja, which is the venue (Blueroof) for the event, which is the reason for only 4,500 members comprising of the following.

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“Therefore, with this number of people, we present to a very modest budget of approximately Twenty-Six Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira (26,400,000.00) only.”

Speaking at the event, Igbokwe, who is the leader of Ndigbo in APC said APC is their party and their loyalty and commitment are to the party. Leadership newspaper quoted him as saying:

“APC is our party. We have taken the decision that APC is our party. I will remain a patriotic and loyal member of this party, and our commitment will bring results.

“We are not into this party because of what will enter our pockets. We will continue to pay back to Lagos, we need to protect our investment.”

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