23rd June, 2022
By Olayinka Owolewa
Alhaji Usman Madaki has explained why he is is trekking from Bauchi to Lagos to celebrate the victory of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 election, though he has not met him.
Madaki, an indigene of Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State, said he commenced the trekking on June 10, and planned to arrive Lagos on Saturday (June 25).
He arrived Ilorin on Tuesday night and left on Wednesday morning to continue his journey to Lagos.
In an interview with NAN while he was in Ilorin, the 51-year-old man said he is a big fan of the former Lagos governor, though he has never met him.
Madaki said he faced a lot of challenges on his way, including what he suspected to be a kidnapping attempt between Kafanchan and Zangon Kataf.
He revealed that some people even mistook him for Boko Haram but when they noticed he was not looking harmful, they escorted him out of the town after gathering themselves to monitor he is no longer in the territory.
“I want to meet Tinubu in Lagos to celebrate with him on his victory as the presidential candidate of the APC.
“I share the belief that he will be Nigeria’s next President. I like Tinubu, he is my godfather even though he doesn’t know me.
“I will be leaving for Oyo State today, I think it is not far like that,” Madaki said.
The trekker explained that he would always tried to see if he could get any APC stalwart that could help him anywhere he arrived, but could not get one when Tuesday in Ilorin because of rains.
“Since when I moved around 8 a.m on Tuesday in Bandiru, a boarder between Niger State and Jebba in Kwara, the rain began on me and finished on me.
“There was nowhere to get a vehicle or motorbike because of the heavy downpour,” he said.
NAN recalls that Tinubu defeated Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister of Transportation; Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and 10 other presidential hopefuls, to clinch the ticket at the APC primaries in Abuja.