President Muhammadu Buhari says he has fully delivered on his campaign promises despite claims by the opposition. He stated this in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Friday at the flag-off of the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign in the South-South geo-political zone, even as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) counters that he lacks the
President Muhammadu Buhari says he has fully delivered on his campaign promises despite claims by the opposition. He stated this in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Friday at the flag-off of the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign in the South-South geo-political zone, even as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) counters that he lacks the “moral standing to seek re-election”.
According to him, Nigerians will not regret voting for APC candidates in 2019, saying he had specifically delivered in the area of security, economy and fighting of corruption in line with his promise to Nigerians.
Although the menace of Boko Haram remains a threat in some parts of the country, the President says the insecurity posed by the group would eventually be eradicated.
While conceding that unemployment remains a challenge in Nigeria, he says his administration was working to tackle the problem.
Arguing that his administration had ensured food security and encouraged Nigerian farmers to achieve food security, Buhari says that his administration will continue to fight corruption if voted into office for a second term in 2019.
“We are arresting corrupt people and prosecuting them and we will not stop. I assure you that we have collected property and collected cash.”
“We have put the money into the Single Treasury Account (TSA) and all are going into government account which can be traced and accounted for. Nigerians will be informed from time to time how much we recovered and from who and how we are going to use it to develop the country,’’ he says.
Explaining that APC’s campaign was based on three fundamental issues of enhancing the economy, ensuring security and fighting corruption, he notes that Boko Haram has no stronghold in any local government area in Nigeria at the moment.
Buhari assured Nigerians that Boko Haram would be “a thing of the past if Nigerians re-elect me in 2019”.
Also speaking at the event, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bola Tinubu, says that Nigerians would not return to the years of a “wasteful, corrupt economy,” where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) looted the nation’s resources throughout its 16-year rule.
“Sixteen years of a miserable, corrupt, corrosive economy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will never come back to this country. We are strongly determined to retain the coal and redirect the vessel of governance in this country.”
“They came 16 years and gave you 16 years of darkness. If only a PDP government would have concentrated on one item alone, electricity without which there would be no industrialization, it would have been better.”
“And just because we started cleaning the table, they said they want to come back. No, we are not bringing you back. No backward in our gear. No backward for Akwa Ibom, no backward marching for Nigeria. It’s forward marching,” he says.
Tinubu, a co chairperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, told the APC supporters that the party and its candidate, President Buhari are determined to take the nation to a next level if re-elected into office.
He also promised that the APC would ensure economic prosperity for Nigerians while still fighting corruption.
“The APC is determined to bring that rope and a strong determination. We are building on a new foundation and that foundation is for you to use the elderly and tomorrow’s children. Vote for your future, not a card of corruption,” he said.
Mr Ini Okopido, the Akwa Ibom state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also assured that the state would be the first opposition state to be captured by the APC in the 2019 elections.
In his welcome address, at the flag-off of the APC South-South Presidential Campaign held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Okopido said with the support the party was receiving from Akwa Ibom the APC would win the state come 2019.
He also commended President Buhari, for the appointments he gave to the sons and daughters of the state in his government.
“We want to assure you that Akwa Ibom loves you. Akwa Ibom people appreciate you for all the appointments you have given our sons and daughters.”
“We assure you that Akwa Ibom people will vote for you and vote to deliver all APC candidates in 2019. Akwa Ibom will be the first state to be captured by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections,” Okopido said.
According to him, this shows the confidence President Buhari has in the state and its people.
The presidential campaign launch was a carnival of such, at the capacity filled Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
The party’s four candidates that will fly its governorship flag in four South-South states in 2019 were unveiled at the occasion by its National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.
Mr Nsima Ekere, Akwa Ibom; Mr John Enoh, Cross River, Mr Great Ogboru, Delta; and Tonye Cole, Rivers; received the party’s flag at the occasion.
Oshiomhole had earlier expressed optimism that his party would win the 2019 presidential election convincingly.
The APC national chairman who spoke on Thursday with State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not an option.
According to him, Nigerians are not ready to vote for PDP again.
“PDP is just not an option; particularly when their candidate is not a new face; there is no basis for benefit of the doubt. You can give benefit of the doubt to a stranger, not to someone who was at the heart; perhaps one of most powerful vice presidents we have ever had. So, I am clear that Nigerians will not have any basis to give PDP the benefit of the doubt.”
He said that the PDP wanted to be in power for 60 years but was driven out after 16 years.
According to him, no employer will recall an employee whose job was terminated due to gross misconduct and abuse of office.
The APC national chairman recalled that Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman, apologised to Nigerians but Nigerians did not accept the apology.
”I have not heard anybody say he has accepted the apology. People that have robbed you; they don’t apologise and say allow me back to your store room; you don’t do that.”
“We are certain that even as we cannot talk of any perfect situation, nothing can make Nigerians get so confused as to think that those who mismanaged yesterday and those who were at the heart of that mismanagement can be entrusted with providing leadership for tomorrow.
“I do not think that is a question at all. PDP is out of this calculation as far as I am concerned.”
The PDP Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) however declares that President Buhari no longer has the moral standing to seek re-election until he directly answers its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on the revelation that the President has soiled his hands in the alleged corrupt acquisition of Etisalat Nigeria and Keystone Bank PLC.
The PPCO in a statement by its director, media and publicity, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan insists that President Buhari should perish the thought of going ahead with his re-election campaign without clearing this pertinent issue, because it directly bothers on his integrity both as a person and the exulted office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The PDP Presidential Campaign challenges President Buhari to explain how his family members came about the sum of N1.032 trillion for this scandalous acquisition.
“Nigerians are not interested in mere rhetoric or attempts by the Buhari Presidency to divert public attention from the issue at hand, but demand that President Buhari, who hitherto prides himself as Mr. Integrity, squarely addresses these grave issues in person.”
“This is not an issue for President Buhari’s aides to howl about in the media, it touches directly on his person, particularly his perception as a symbol of the Talakawas. He must therefore address them on this issue.”
“It is a norm that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands. President Buhari and his family members have entangled themselves in corruption. Mr. President’s hands can no longer be said to be clean, until he proves otherwise,” it says.
The PPCO wants Nigerians and the whole world to note that President Buhari’s refusal to personally address this matter means consent.
“We, therefore, dare President Buhari to put forth a denial on this disclosure by our candidate and we will spare no thoughts in furnishing the public with details of his corrupt activities within and outside Nigeria.”
“Our party has full details of how persons related to President Buhari, by consanguinity and affinity, have been paved the way to loot trillions of naira from government agencies for corrupt acquisition of shares in major companies, purchase expensive property within and outside Nigeria, as well as to finance their very luxury lifestyles, under Mr. President’s cove,.” Says the PDP.