Magnus Abe Rebuts Tony Okocha's Statement That Tinubu Was Never Stoned


The president-elect was not stoned in Port Harcourt, according to Chief Tony Okocha, the leader of the defunct Bola Tinubu Campaign Organization in Rivers State.

Magnus Abe, the Social Democratic Party's (SDP) governorship candidate in the 2023 Rivers governorship election, reportedly claimed that Tinubu's supporters had stoned him.

Abe made the submission in response to Tinubu's recent two-day visit to Rivers, where he was warmly welcomed and given project commissions by the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike.

In response to the tirade against me at the state dinner the night before, he replied, "I had written a lengthy statement. I have chosen to keep quiet, though, after speaking with some of our common friends and out of respect for the fact that His Excellency Ahmed Bola Tinubu is still in Rivers State.

To clear up any confusion, His Excellency Ahmed Bola Tinubu stated, "I am not a liar and I did not collect money from him or anyone else and just put it in my pocket. He knows this from experience. When I discussed the Rivers was the target of assault, and he is stating the truth because he has experienced it firsthand.

He was stoned at the same airport in 2015 when he arrived with General Buhari, so he has had that experience. Both the people who planned to stone him and those who actually did were present at the dinner.

Okocha, a former assistant to Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor, has refuted that assertion, claiming it never took place.

On Monday, Okocha informed reporters in Port Harcourt that Tinubu had not visited the state in 2015 and had not been stoned.

He claimed that Abe made up the story of Tinubu being stoned in Port Harcourt in order to win easy political points.

He said, "I can assure you that Tinubu was never stoned in Port Harcourt. When was he stoned, exactly? When was he stoned in 2015 when he went to Port Harcourt? Nobody has ever stoned him. One of those who helped ensure Tinubu's victory in the election was Governor Nyesom Wike. 

Nigeria's incoming president is Chief Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu, a politician and accountant from Nigeria who was born on March 29, 1952. From 1999 until 2007, he presided as the governor of Lagos State. During the brief Third Republic, he represented Lagos West in the Senate.

Tinubu was born and raised in the southwest of Nigeria. After moving to the United States, he attended Chicago State University to study accounting. After moving back to Nigeria in the early 1990s, he worked as an accountant for Mobil Nigeria before entering politics in 1992 as the Social Democratic Party's candidate for the Lagos West senate seat. Tinubu became an activist, fighting for the restoration of democracy as part of the movement after the tyrant Sani Abacha abolished the Senate in 1993. As a member of the National Democratic Coalition movement, Tinubu became an activist, waging a fight for the restoration of democracy.

As a representative of the Alliance for Democracy, Tinubu won the first post-transition Lagos State governorship election with a sizable margin. He was elected to a second term four years later. He was instrumental in the creation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013 after leaving office in 2007. He was chosen to lead Nigeria as president in 2023.

Childhood and education

Although it is widely acknowledged by trustworthy sources that Tinubu was born in Nigeria in 1952, his political opponents occasionally contest this date, claiming he is much older. Reliable sources point out that his age hasn't been independently verified. He finished his undergraduate work in the US at Chicago's Richard J. Daley College and Chicago State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the university in 1979.

initial career

At the American firms Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, and GTE Services Corporation, Tinubu held positions.He joined Mobil Oil Nigeria upon his return to Nigeria in 1983, rising to the position of corporate executive.

First political office

When Tinubu joined the Social Democratic Party in 1991, his political career officially got underway. In the brief Nigerian Third Republic, he was elected to the Senate in 1992, representing the Lagos West district.

After the 12 June 1993 presidential election results were overturned, Tinubu joined the National Democratic Coalition, a group that rallied support for the return of democracy and the declaration of Moshood Abiola as the election's victor. General Sani Abacha took over as the military's head of state, and after he fled the nation in 1994, he returned in 1998 following the military dictator's demise, which marked the beginning of the Fourth Nigerian Republic.

Bola Tinubu was a protégé of Alliance for Democracy (AD) founders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo in the years leading up to the 1999 elections. After defeating Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, a former minister of works and housing, he went on to win the AD primary for the governor of Lagos State. He ran for governor of Lagos State in January 1999 on the AD ticket, and he was elected.

Lagos State's head of state

Tinibu started new road development throughout his eight years in office to fulfill the demands of the state's rapidly expanding population.

In April 2003, Tinubu was re-elected governor together with a brand-new deputy governor named Femi Pedro. In those elections, the People's Democratic Party won every other state in the South West. He fought the federal government, which was then under the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo, over the issue of whether Lagos State had the right to establish new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to accommodate its sizable population. The federal government confiscated cash intended for the state's municipal councils as a result of the incident.[Reference needed] As his stint in government came to an end, he was involved in ongoing conflicts with PDP heavyweights including Bode George, the southwest PDP chairman, and Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former senator for Lagos State who had been appointed minister of works.

Femi Pedro, the deputy governor, announced his desire to run for governor, which caused tension between Tinubu and Pedro to worsen. On the eve of the party nomination, Pedro withdrew his name from consideration to run as the AC candidate for governor in the 2007 elections. He kept his job as deputy governor but switched to the Labour Party.On May 29, 2007, Tinubu's term as governor of Lagos State came to an end, and the Action Congress' Babatunde Fashola took over.


In 2006, Tinubu made an effort to persuade Atiku Abubakar, who was Nigeria's vice president at the time, to lead his party, the Action Congress (AC). The People's Democratic Party (PDP) member Abubakar recently had a disagreement with President Olusegun Obasanjo over Abubakar's desire to succeed Obasanjo as president. With the understanding that he would serve as Atiku Abubakar's running mate, Tinubu offered Abubakar the chance to join the AC and the chance to run for president on behalf of his party. Atiku declined the offer and, after joining the AC, selected Senator Ben Obi from the South East as his running mate. The PDP won the election handily, despite the fact that Atiku ran on Tinubu's platform.

2009 saw the following the People's Democratic Party (PDP) resounding victory in the April 2007 elections, Tinubu got involved in talks to unite the dispersed opposition groups into a "mega-party" that could take on the PDP, which was in power at the time. With the merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and the new PDP (nPDP), a faction of the then-ruling People's Democratic Party, into the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu was one of several politicians who created a "mega opposition" party in February 2013.

In 2014, Tinubu backed General Muhammadu Buhari, the former head of state of the CPC party of the APC, which has a substantial following in Northern Nigeria and had previously run as the CPC's presidential candidate in the elections of 2003, 2007, and 2011. Tinubu initially desired to run as Buhari's running mate but ultimately relinquished the nomination to his ally and former justice commissioner Yemi Osibanjo. Buhari led the APC to victory in 2015, ending the PDP's 16-year hegemony and making history as the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose to an opposition contender.

In place of his long-held reported presidential ambition, Tinubu went on to play a significant role in the Buhari administration by supporting government programs and maintaining control of the internal party structure.[26] He endorsed Buhari's reelection campaign in 2019, helping him overcome Atiku Abubakar of the PDP. Following an internal party in 2020 Adams Oshiomole, a Tinubu loyalist and party chairman, was fired as a result of a dispute; it is thought that this was done to harm Tinubu's chances of winning the presidency in 2023.

Nigeria's 2023 presidential election campaign

Tinubu officially declared his campaign for president on January 10, 2022.

On June 8, 2022, Tinubu won the party convention vote for the governing APC with 1,271 votes, defeating Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who received 235 and 316 votes, respectively.

Tinubu was proclaimed the victor of the 2023 presidential election by INEC on March 1st. After defeating his rivals with 8,794,726 votes, he was named president-elect. Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) finished in second place with 6,984,520 votes. Peter Obi of the Labour Party received 6,101,533 votes, placing third.

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