The Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has stated that the presidential candidate of the party, General Mohammadu Buhari would not hesitate to deal with any member of the APC that is found to be corrupt when elected president.
Osinbajo was speaking the impressions in some quarters that a lot of the members of APC who share affinity with Buhari were also corrupt.
Osinbajo, who represented General Buhari, presided over a town hall meeting between the APC leaders and religious leaders in the North West zone of the country in Kaduna, also cleared the air on Buhari’s tenure, assuring the party and religious leaders that Buhari will “by the grace of God run two terms in office”.
The response essentially followed questions from the members of audience who were a mix of Muslim and Christian clerics on whether Buhari had actually promised to do just one term should he win.
He said: “On the various issue of corruption, what General Buhari has said categorically is that as far as he is concerned, the day he is sworn-in as president, he would have drawn a line. Anybody who runs foul of the law, anything that is been investigated before will continue as it is.
“If you are found to be corrupt, you will receive the consequence, no matter who you are. Whether you are his brother, sister, his friends there will be consequences. That is what he has said and I think that is in line with the position of the party.”
“He is just too straight forward to do that. You know he can never do that. There is no way is going to sign any agreement, so let us be very clear. I don’t even need to ask him that. Buhari will never be part of any under hand deal. I know him well enough that he will never sign anything of such. The man is healthy and strong and by the grace of God, he will run two terms in office”, he said.
Asked to clarify his widely rumored agreement with the national elder of the APC, Mr. Ahmed Bola Tinubu to resign from office after 6 months, Osinbajo said that such speculation only domiciled in the imaginations of the peddlers.
“Do not take any of these things seriously at all. By God’s grace, we will win election and you will observe for yourself”, he said.
On the controversy trailing use of card reader, Osinbajo said that the position of the party was the same as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC which has said that there was no going back on the use of the card reader.
He faulted the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP for being unnecessary paranoia.
He said: “The PDP that is in the past was happy to use the card reader is no longer prepared to use the card reader and we insist that it must be used. That is all. And if you look in the Newspapers, you will see all kind of advertisements condemning Professor Jega who they all loved initially. But when it now appears that we the APC will win the election, they are now afraid.”
“It is bad and horrible that even some of our documentaries which just point out the failings of government are not allowed by the regulatory body. We are not even attacking any personality the way they are doing, but the regulatory body refuses to accept them, so we have a play field that is not level.
” I think because the regulatory bodies are controlled by the federal government, we are not even given fear hearing.
Speaking during his welcome address, the governorship candidate of APC in Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, hinted that the essence of the town hall meeting was to interact with the religious leaders in the North-west geopolitical zone.
Some APC leaders who graced the occasion were the APC national chairman Chief John Oyegun, Deputy Chairman (North) Shaibu, party governorship candidates in Kaduna, Bauchi and Kebbi among others.