As the All Progressives Congress, APC, canvassed for votes from the South West at the forthcoming elections, its Presidential candidate, Muhammedu Buhari has assured the people of the region that his administration is determined to ensure the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other road networks and rail lines before the end of the year.
Buhari, who made this vow at Mapo Hall Ibadan, during the campaign of APC, also presented the party’s governorship candidate for Oyo State, Chief Bayo Adelabu.
Addressing the massive crowd that graced the occasion, Buhari equally promised that if elected for the second term, he would fix power as well as improve on the nation’s infrastructure for the nation to be conducive for its citizenry.
He, however, appealed that the people of the South West should take farming very seriously, adding, “I have asked your governor to tell you to go back to the land. We need to farm so as to drive hunger out of our land. I am glad to tell you today that we have stopped the importation of rice because we are now producing enough to feed us”.
Earlier in the same direction, his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, urged Nigerians not to vote for corrupt people and political parties if they wanted the nation to continue to progress.
He said, “The enemies of Buhari know that Buhari is an honest man. That is the quality no one can take away from him. Now, if you vote for an honest person, the nation will make outstanding progress and development. We should not vote for those that will take us back to corruption or corrupt era. Do not vote for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, because it is a party of corrupt people”.
In the same direction, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, urged the electorate not to pay attention to the former president of the nation, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as a liar personified.
According to him, “In Yoruba land, respect is very important. We must respect elders. But there is an elder who lies in the morning, in the afternoon and in the night. Such an elder does not deserve any respect. He does not deserve our respect. Obasanjo who once said that the Presidential candidate of PDP is a thief is now saying that he has forgiven him. That is an insult.
“How can you forgive a person who has stolen national property? So, I beg you to vote against privatization and auctioning of national assets. Do not vote for someone who is only interested in enriching his friends and not you. Do not vote for somebody who wants to sell our national pride.”
He said, “On February 16, 2019, call your father, call your mother, call your wives, call your husbands, call your children and everybody and ask them to vote for President Buhari and in the subsequent election, tell them to vote for our governorship candidate and other candidates standing for elections”.
The national Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu dispelled the insinuation that the party has perfected plans to rig in the forthcoming election.
He said, “Do not allow corrupt people to lie to you that we will rig election. We will not rig any election because there is no point to rig. We have people and you are our people. They do not have people. They do not have anybody that will vote for them. This is the reason why they are scared. On the election day, go out and vote for APC and monitor your vote to ensure that they count”.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State was absolutely sure that APC would win the forthcoming election at the federal and state level, stressing that the election is already won because of the good things that the party has done.
He said, “Nobody can get the government from us. It is very clear that we will win the election. You are aware that our president, President Muhammadu Buhari moved Nigeria from low level to the next level. President Buhari met Nigeria in broken bricks and moved it to the next level and he is moving it to the marble level.
“The forthcoming election is between the progressive and retrogressive, between security and insecurity, between looting and saving, between nobility of character and the ignoble, between accountability and impunity, between light and darkness and between we are dead (Atiku) and we are not dead (Atiku). Today, we are lucky to know and see the president from 2015 to 2023”.
Others in attendance were governors from the region including Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; ministers including Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, APC party chieftains at all levels, Director of Media, Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, members of National Assembly and state executive council.
Earlier Buhari was received at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan by traditional rulers in the state led by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111 and Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguluso 1.