Three tricycle riders who drove from Lagos to Abuja to show solidarity with President Bola Tinubu have cried out to Nigerians for financial support.
According to them, they are stranded in Abuja after spending 10 days in the FCT without seeing the President.
Naija News reported on July 6 that tricyclists, popularly known as Keke Napep riders, under the aegis of the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), have traveled from Lagos to Abuje to show solidarity with President Bola Tinubu.
According to them, they journeyed a distance of 757 kilometres to mark the president’s 38 days in office, Naija News learned.
The tricyclists revealed that they journeyed for over 17 hours to support the Tinubu-led government, noting that it was to show solidarity for the President’s 38 days in office.
However, in a fresh development, they have cried out for financial support from Nigerians. They said they had been denied access to see the President and even to the national secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abuja.
Speaking to pressmen in Abuja, Chairman of TOAN, Ajah branch, Onanuga Babatunde, who spoke on behalf of the team, said they were stranded and could not return to Lagos after spending over N100,000 to fuel their two tricycles.
He said the officials at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had not given them any audience.
Onanuga stated that “I am the one that drove a tricycle from Lagos to Abuja to show solidarity with the President. We are three in number – Comrade Ahmed Bolaji and Comrade Akintade Temitope.
“We started the journey on Monday, July 3rd, and we got to Abuja on July 4th. We are here to show solidarity with the President. When we were coming, we had challenges on the road but we thank God we overcame them.
“Since we arrived, we have been stranded. We have spent 10 days in Abuja. We have spent all our money on fuel, and we don’t have anything with us. We have been paying for hotel accommodation since we came to Abuja.”
The TOAN chairman, however, appealed for them to be granted audience, noting that he is sure Tinubu is a “very kind-hearted father who would use his good office to ensure that tricycles are assembled or manufactured in Nigeria as one of his legacies.”