The Nigeria’s President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has admitted that his outburst of ‘Emilokan’, in the build up to the Presidential election was a magic wand for his victory at the poll, explaining that the statement was to invoke spirits of freedom and determination.
Tinubu made this known on Thursday during his visit to Ogun State, to express his appreciation to traditional rulers for their support and wisdom, recalling he made a pledge to return for thank you visit if he wins the elections.
The President alongside former Governor of Ogun State Chief Segun Osoba, Governor Dapo Abiodun and former Governor Gbenga Daniel alongside some other chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) had separately visited Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
‘I invoked the spirits of freedom and determination, symbolised by “Baba Emilokan,” to overcome the obstacles in the election. I invoked that spirit twice. The spirit of Baba Emilokan. That’s Baba. Being blunt, being decisive, that’s him, he will tell you’, he said.
‘The second spirit is that money or no money (we will do the election and we will win). Our monies were confiscated. The cashless policy didn’t work, it was terrible then. I realised that, I came to Ogun State to invoke the spirit of freedom which we are noted for’, Tinubu added.
He also said that he said he remained hopeful and optimistic about achieving victory in the last presidential election, despite the ineffective cashless policy implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).