President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that if re-elected in next month’s general election, he will ease the economic hardship faced by most Nigerians.
He said he will continue to make life easier for all Nigerians without a backward glance.
President Buhari made this promise while speaking in Bauch yesterday during the campaign flag-off for the APC gubernatorial election in the state.
He explained that just as he promised in 2014, his administration will continue the fight corruption and insecurity in the country.
Recalling his stint as military head of state and the 1983 coup that terminated the life of the second republic and his regime, he said the country’s trajectory since then vindicated his policies then, and it was that vindication that prompted him to seek political power after his military career.
The president then called on the people of Bauchi State to ensure that they vote for APC candidates in the 2019 general elections to enable the party complete all ongoing people-oriented developmental projects and programmes across the country.
In his address, the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, pointed out that the fundamental issue of the campaign was the pronouncement by the PDP presidential candidate to sell the NNPC just as the opposition party sold out NITEL, NEPA, Nigerian Airways and other government agencies, saying that the people should resist that move by not voting for them.
On the claim that the APC was accommodating corrupt politicians into its fold so that they will escape prosecution in the anti-corruption fight of the Buhari administration, Oshiomhole said, “No individual is bigger than the state; anyone indict of corruption will be made to face the full weight of the law no matter his or her status”.
Oshiomhole further stated that “with what I have seen here today (yesterday), the APC has already won the general elections. I am therefore calling on you to ensure that you vote for all of the candidates of the APC from top to down during the general elections.”
In his speech, former governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, begged for forgiveness from President Muhammadu Buhari for what he described as “mistakes of the past” done to the president during the campaign of 2014 when his administration denied the APC the use of the Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa Stadium.
Isa Yuguda then assured the president that now that he was back in the APC fold, he would work assiduously to ensure that the APC won the 2019 elections convincingly.
On his own part, the former national chairman (North) of the PDP, Babayo Garba Gamawa, assured the president that he and his supporters would work for his re-election bid, adding that all the candidates of the APC would win convincingly.
Also speaking, the state governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, stated the need for the electorate in the state to ensure that they vote massively for the APC candidates in the general elections.
He urged the people of the state not to be deceived by the antics of the opposition PDP, declaring that “they are planning to even sell our common patrimony, the NNPC, in order to enrich themselves.
The campaign director general of the APC, Rotimi Amaechi, while speaking, explained that the APC had done tremendously well in the last three years having completed most of the projects abandoned by the PDP administration in its 16 years of leadership without even borrowing money from anywhere.
Rotimi Amaechi added that the APC was the only political party that is totally committed to the revamping of the battered situation of the country and therefore needs the total support of Nigerians to be able to reform the country system.
Also speaking at the occasion, Jigawa State governor, Badaru Abubakar extolled the good leadership quality of President Buhari, saying that many people-oriented developmental projects and programmes have been completed by the APC-led federal government in the areas of roads, electricity supply, agriculture and others.
He then called on the people of Bauchi State to ensure that they vote for APC candidates in all the elections during the general polls so that Nigeria will be better.
During the campaign flag-off, 18 prominent politicians from Bauchi State, including two former governors, Isa Yuguda and Ahmed Adamu Muazu, former national chairman (North) of the PDP, Babayo Garba Gamawa, former SGF, Mahmoud Yayale Ahmed and many others.
Atiku Vows To End Insecurity
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has promised to end insecurity in Plateau State if elected Nigeria’s president in the February 16 general election.
Atiku said this yesterday at the party’s presidential rally in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
He promised to unite all warring groups and restore peace to troubled areas through proper dialogue and steady engagement with those concerned.
“Plateau is the economic hub of the middle belt, but insecurity has, over the years, forced it to lose that status.
“I want to assure Plateau residents that if I become president, I shall restore peace to all parts of the state. I shall dialogue with all groups and critical stakeholders so as to restore the state to its status as the most peaceful state in the country,” Atiku said.
The PDP presidential candidate also promised to end hunger and poverty in the country, adding that he would return the country to the path of economic growth and sustainable development.
He also promised to create jobs for the youths, adding that those with skills would also be empowered to enable them become economically independent.
“The APC-led administration has brought nothing but hunger, poverty and has placed our economy on the part of retardation. I want to appeal to all of you to vote for PDP at all levels, to enable us drive Nigeria to the path of sustainable development,” he said.
Atiku also called on PDP supporters to defend their votes on election days, and cautioned them against being intimidated by the ruling party.
In his speech, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the director general, PDP presidential campaign organisation, called on Plateau residents to vote out APC at all levels, adding that the ruling party had failed in all ramifications.
Saraki, who said he was thrilled by the mammoth crowd at the event, declared that the large turnout was an indication that Nigerians were indeed yearning for change.
“APC promised us security, but we are still being attacked; they promised us jobs, but millions of jobs are being lost daily. They also promised us a better economy, but today, what we have is hunger and abject poverty everywhere.
“So, the only solution to these problems is for you to vote PDP at all levels. I want to assure you that you will never regret voting PDP,” he said
On his part, PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, declared that the APC-led government was out to destroy Nigeria, hence the need for Nigerians to vote them out in the forthcoming general elections.