Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has arrived in Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic center, to attend the final leg of the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign rally.
The Leonardo AW139 helicopter transporting Buhari from Murtala Muhammed International Airport landed at the National Stadium at 2:35 p.m., after which he was transported to the 25,000-seater Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, the rally’s venue.
Buhari is in Lagos to campaign for APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and running mate Kashim Shettima.
Tinubu, who served as Governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007, was elected as the APC presidential candidate after receiving the most votes among 23 aspirants in the Party’s primary elections in June 2022.
A month later, he named Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State in northeast Nigeria, as his running mate.
Buhari will make his tenth appearance since the APC campaign kicked off in Plateau State on November 15, 2022.
He has so far visited the states of Sokoto, Katsina, Imo, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Plateau, and Lagos.
The rally on Tuesday comes one day before the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for all candidates to end their campaigns.
It also occurs four days before the Presidential and National Assembly elections, which will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
For Saturday’s election, there will be 18 presidential candidates on the ballot.
However, only four of those candidates are recognized by the majority of Nigerians.
Bola Tinubu of the APC, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party are among those running.
Throughout the 96-day campaign, all four candidates have stated their intention to win the presidency and lead Africa’s most populous state.
Given the issues that have dominated the Nigerian psyche, Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso have all promised to revive the country’s struggling economy, combat widespread insecurity, and root out endemic corruption.