…Group pledges to give President 90% of Ondo votes
The Minister for Power, Works and Housing and former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, has said that the people of South-West Nigeria has more to gain by re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Fashola, who was in Lagos on Tuesday for the inauguration of 5000 campaigners for Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the South-West already had high stakes and appointments in the current administration.
He said that the promise of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) slot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not enough for the South-West to lose the positions it is currently occupying.
It would be recalled that Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, had said that the position of the SGF would be given to the South-West, if Alhaji Abubakar emerges as president in 2019.
But for Fashola, “As a South-West indigene, I will vote for the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket, because my people stand to gain more from it.”
He reiterated his earlier statement that the re-election of Buhari would guarantee that power would come to the South-West in 2023.
“The South-West is presently occupying the position of the vice president. We have three sitting ministers and many different federal appointments from the present administration which we cannot afford to lose,” he said.
The minister said that although the APC promised change in 2014, the party did not promise to do it in four years.
“The APC has done more in three years than 16 years of PDP administration, yet they say President Buhari is too slow. President Buhari is taking Nigeria to the next level. We are going to the next level.
“The 2019 presidential election is a choice between going back and moving forward to the next level and also a choice of whom Nigerians can trust with their money,” he said.
He noted that the APC-Buhari-led administration has done more in three years with less money than the PDP with all the monies that accrued to the nation in 16 years.
“Buhari has inaugurated a structural infrastructure fund for road construction. N15 billion has been released for the continued construction of Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“There is need for the progress to continue. Dubai was built with oil-money, Nigeria can be built with it too. The past administration squandered oil revenue.
“Federal Government is constructing at least one road in every state in Nigeria. We are also constructing houses in 34 states in Nigeria.
“We have collected 690 containers for the construction of 90 transmission stations and through our policy of mini grids, our markets now have uninterrupted power supply.”
Meanwhile, the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), on Tuesday, urged its newly inaugurated Executives in Ondo State to work tirelessly so as to deliver at least 90 per cent of votes in the 2019 general election for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
National Coordinator of BCO, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, stated this during the inauguration of the Ondo State chapter of the organisation in Akure.
Pasali said that President Muhammadu Buhari, being a sincere and honest man, is who the country needs at this period in order for the good work he has embarked upon to continue.
He also maintained that the insurgency crisis in the North East inherited from the past administration has been critically tackled by the Buhari’s administration and reduced to the lowest level.
“Buhari will come back in 2019, it has become history already. In those days, people were afraid to go to their churches and mosques due to insurgency, it has now become thing of the past now because we have stopped it tactically.
“Imagine, money that is for security is being used to prosecute election under PDP, over one million people lost their lives under PDP, Buhari made insurgency to become history in Nigeria.
“Those clamouring for former Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to be released are very wicked. We know the masses of this country are behind Buhari, no vacancy in Aso rock,” he said.
Pasali also stated that Buhari’s administration has improve the economy of the nation through empowerment programmes for youths and market women, adding that PDP made Nigerians lose over 10 million jobs through the sale of government properties.
He added that the administration of the President Buhari had done excellently well in its fight to end the scourge of corruption and insurgence in the country.
“Nigerians should not allow the PDP to come back to power because they are the source of our problem.
“The presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was in the news few days ago and was a quoted to have said he would sell the NNPC which is the government assent if given the chance to as the next President of the country.
“We can’t believe that. Mr. Atiku only wants to sell the refinery to himself and that is why our people should not support him for this 2019 presidential general election.
“I know their target is to take over all the structure of oil economy. It is what we know that the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar cannot be trusted to our collective wealth.
“I can assure you that Atiku will and cannot be the next President of this nation. We all know his antecedents during the eights regime of him and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.”
Also speaking, Director of Communication and Strategic Planning, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, said APC is only interested in issued based campaign.
“We are not fighting any political party; we have taken up the presidential campaign here from Ondo. Those corrupt politicians fighting the president will meet their waterloo. They should campaign on issues and not attack our president.
“We want the people of Ondo State to assist us from the nooks and crannies of the state to ensure that Buhari come back in 2019.
“We want assure you that those corrupt politicians fighting the President will meet their waterloo in 2019 as we would return President Muhammadu Buhari back to power.
“The other political parties should campaign with issues and shun all form of propaganda. The president is very much happy with the people of Ondo State” he added.
Earlier, the Ondo State Coordinator of the BCO, Muyiwa Ogunyemi, said the APC in the state remained a big family and will work hard to ensure President Buhari is re-elected.
“We would go to the nooks and crannies of Ondo State to campaign and mobilise for all the candidates of the party ahead of the 2019 poll.
“We are going to support our people and deliver Ondo State for President Buhari come 2019 general election”.