51-year-old Usman Madaki, who is trekking from Bauchi to Lagos to celebrate the victory of Ahmed Tinubu as the 2023 flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), arrived Ilorin on Tuesday night and has left on Wednesday morning to continue his journey.
Prior to his departure, Madaki told NAN that though he has never met the APC presidential candidate in his life, he is a big fan of the former Lagos State governor.
The 51-year-old, 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, 2022.
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 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.
“Since when I moved around 8 a.m on Tuesday in Bandiru, a border 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.
Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu defeated Nigeria's Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and 10 other presidential hopefuls to become APC's presidential flagbearer.