*Says future of Nigeria not in their hands
Laleye Dipo In Minna
National chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday slammed former military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other retired generals for trying to stop the second term bid of President Muhammad Buhari. He said the future of Nigeria was not in the hands of retired generals.
“The future of Nigeria is not in the hands of retired generals. Yesterday belonged to them, today belongs to Nigerians,” Oshiomole declared at the Presidential campaign of the APC held at the Trade Fair complex in Minna, Niger state capital.
The APC chairman who addressed a large crowd of party faithful, said “Some generals have gathered and said that Buhari should not do eight years, even when some of them did more than eight years. Obasanjo did 13 1/2 years yet they don’t want Buhari to do eight years”.
Oshiomole also accused some retired generals of truncating the anti corruption war in the country, submitting that “when Buhari came and sent everyone that stole money to jail they toppled him… they kept him away for 3 1/2 years and they spent 9 years.
“They wanted to continue in government but God did not support them”.
According to the APC chairman, with the huge crowd of party faithful that welcomed President Buhari in Uyo, Bauchi, Kaduna and other states he had visited, “there is no doubt that he will win the election next month
“Atiku will remain in America if he sees the big crowd.”
Oshiomole said APC, because of the large following it enjoys from Nigerians,
did not need to rig election as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party was alleging.
Instead, Oshiomole said it was the PDP that was an expert in rigging, threatening that the APC would soon begin showing the videos of where Obasanjo and Atiku were planning to rig election way back in 2015 on national and some private television stations where “Obj said election must be do or die.”
He accused the opposition PDP of causing the economic problem facing Nigeria today saying that N16 billion was taken from the treasury during the Obasanjo regime with nothing to show for it, saying that Atiku Abubakar and Obasanjo should account for the money.
“There is no way someone can repair the damage the PDP did to Nigeria in 16 years in 3 years”. Oshiomole declared
The APC chairman also drew the attention of potential voters to the fact that “the ballot paper will be very long, there are 91 candidates on the ballot so you must open your eyes very well.
“If you don’t understand anything, look for people to assist you to look for the broom”.
Addressing the rally, President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that he would not betray their trust if voted into office for a second time saying he would continue the anti corruption war and increase the momentum of infrastructural development in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari promised to extend the dualisation of the Lagos to Ibadan railway line to Ilorin and Minna adding that Minna would also be connected to Abuja, the federal capital territory by rail.
He also said that a new rail line would be constructed from Baro port to Minna to Abuja pointing out that all the road projects under construction in the state and the country would be completed.
Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, in his address described President Buhari government as “a government for the poor” saying the people should not allow the capitalists to take over the government.