Tinubu, in his address, said Nigerians had seen the last of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
According to him, the PDP, which ruled the country for 16 years, between 1999 and 2015, has had its last shot at power and will never come back.
The former governor of Lagos State advised Nigerians to focus on the APC, which, according to him, was clearly different from the former ruling party.
He urged Nigerians not to accept the apology tendered by the PDP, because, according to him, the former ruling party “lied, they falsified, they changed figures for 16 years, they made fake promises, gave us fake figures.”
He insisted that the APC would never stop talking about the corruption perpetrated under the PDP administrations, because the APC had a duty to report to Nigerians what they found in office after taking over.
Tinubu also took a swipe at “somebody who is writing letter these days, a letter of politics, as if they’ve never been there before. Bad belle letters.”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had written an open letter to President Buhari in January, advising him not to seek re-election in 2019.
Tinubu pointed out that the APC was trying its best to salvage the country, stressing that Nigerians should be patient with the party as “we didn’t form a political party showing our logo as honey and sugar.”
He said he was happy that Buhari had rescued the ship of the country which was headed for a crash.
In his address, the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, described the theme of the colloquium as germane, saying, “At the end of the day, the level of investment in our people will determine our future sustenance.”
Lauding Tinubu, Ambode said, “There are only a few people that can match his (Tinubu) unquestionable thirst to invest in people.”
Also in attendance were a former interim National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande, state governors elected on the APC platform, lawmakers, other members of the ruling party, traditional rulers and businessmen.
The governors included Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State; Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara State; Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
The event was also graced by the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu; billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote; Zenith Bank founder, Jim Ovia; and businessman, Oba Otudeko.
Also in attendance were a former governor of Lagos and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; and his counterparts in the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Rotimi Amaechi; Chris Ngige, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Segun Oni; and the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.