By G9ija

A 51-year-old man, Alhaji Usman Madaki, who is trekking from Bauchi to Lagos to celebrate the victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the 2023 flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress, arrived Ilorin on Tuesday night.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the support of Tinubu later left Ilorin, the Kwara capital, on Wednesday morning.

Madaki told NAN in Ilorin before his departure that though he has never met the APC presidential candidate in his life, he is a big fan of the former two-term 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, 2022 and planned to arrive Lagos on June 25.

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.

He said: “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.”

The trekker explained that he always tried to see if he could get any APC stalwart that could help him anywhere he arrived, but could not get one on Tuesday in Ilorin because of rains.

He said: “Since when I moved around 8am on Tuesday in Bandiru, a boarder between Niger State and Jebba in Kwara State, the rain began on me and finished on me.

“There was nowhere to get a vehicle or motorbike because of the heavy downpour.”

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 on June 8, 2022.