- Buhari, Tinubu, Akande, South West Govs storm Ekiti
- By AYODELE ABERE and EMMANUEL ONWUSORO in Ado Ekiti•
President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that his administration will not renege on the promises that brought the All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in 2015.
Buhari, who said this at the party’s presidential campaign rally in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state, also remarked that the economy has been faring well in all spheres since APC took over the reins of power.
He pledged that the war against corruption will continue through the various anti-corruption agencies, stressing that the fight has been yielding positive results.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo urged the youths to vote for the APC as the party is determined to create more jobs aimed at reducing the growing labour market.
He noted that the federal government’s N-power, Tradermoni and other allied programmes have fruitfully impacted on the people, raising the hope that more of such will be in place once the party is voted back to power.
He enjoined the people of Ekiti to vote for the party, assuring them that the Ado-Akure road would soon become very motorable with plans in the offing for its dualisation, coupled with the railway project that will traverse Ekiti state and create diverse job opportunities for the people.
The party’s chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole appealed to the supporters to re-enact electoral victory that brought president Buhari to power in 2015 by voting massively for him come February 16.
He reiterated the party’s position on job creation to reduce what he described as rural-urban migration that has become a commonplace in the society, pointing out that due attention will be paid to the provision adequate and stable power supply since no industry can survive without such.
Meanwhile, the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu advised the supporters not to be taken in by the promises of the opposition, assuring them that Muhammadu Buhari remains the best product as the president of Nigeria.
He explained that for many years Nigeria’s economy was in comatose, but bounced back when the APC came on stream, imploring the Yoruba race in general to ensure the return of the party to power through their ballots.
The host, Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi gave the people an assurance that retaining the party in power is a good omen for the state as it will engender the needed federal presence infrastructural and otherwise.
The party further promised to provide more infrastructures that would enhance the industrial development in Ekiti State if the people of the State overwhelmingly vote and re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari said the APC-led Federal Government is committed to extending the newly redesigned Lagos-Kano railway line to pass through Ekiti State as a way of boosting the economy of the State.
He thanked the people of the State for coming out en masse to welcome him and urged them to vote for him and the APC in the forthcoming general elections.
The Afenifere Group, led by Senator Ayo Fasanmi, which a week earlier had endorsed President Buhari’s candidacy also reinstated their resolve to work for the success of the President in coming general election.
Senator Fasanmi, Chief Bisi Akande and Senator Bola Tinubu, while addressing the crowd insisted that the Fasanmi-led Afenifere Group remained the authentic representative of the Yoruba. They urged the Yoruba to disregard the other Afenifere faction, which is in support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The Fasanmi-led Afenifere is the authentic Afenifere. You can see that all the elected governors of the sis south west states are with us. Majority of our elected representatives are here, so disregard the impostors” they declared.
While reiterating why the electorate should vote for the APC, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Buhari has kept faith with the pact he made with the people by serving them sincerely; adding that some of the projects currently being executed by the present APC government were budgeted for in the 16 years of the PDP leadership at the national level but were left undone.
Osinbajo noted that the highest earning from crude oil by Nigeria was between 2010 and 2014 but stated that there was nothing to show for it during the period.
He disclosed that the Federal Government is planning to increase N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to 1,500,000 as a way of reducing unemployment in the country.
Fayemi who recalled how Ekiti people voted for him in the July 14 governorship election which he won, stated that his performance in the last 100 days is a call on the people to always remain firm supporters of the APC.
“Ekiti people demonstrated the stuff they are made of. They kicked the PDP out of Ekiti. What we have done in the last 100 days has proved that Ekiti people have no choice but to stand with the APC in its agenda.
“What I get from community leaders is that they will reward us with votes come February 16. In the Southwest, Mr President, you can go and sleep because we are solidly behind you”, he said.
National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, said a vote for Buhari is a vote for integrity and development, adding that the PDP was only interested in plundering the nation’s treasury.