Buhari in Akure, canvases for votes

By Bisi Olominu
The presidential campaign train of All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari berth in Akure, capital of Ondo State yesterday. Akure was rocked to its foundation as the venue, Democracy Park was flooded by party faithfuls who started trooping in like great warriors to accord great respect to “Mr

Integrity”, and an apostle of anti- corruption crusade.

From 8’oclock in the morning, party men and women had started trooping into the arena in tens and thirties with different party emblems, caps and clothes of different shapes and colours, clapping and singing to different tunes of music in and around the campaign ground.

Other candidates of the party for the coming elections also added glamour to the campaign train as they came with their supporters with various banners, handbills and posters to sell themselves to the heart of the people of Ondo State.

The campaign was water tight as security men and women condoled off the venue and the various streets adjourning the venue was manned by security personnel. It was a show of force and candour with King Saheed Osupa, a Fuji musician who added glamour and colour to the campaign.

Market women and men, students and youths from various groups added beauty to the campaign as they danced to the admiration of onlookers.

Those who had been waiting for Mr. President and his entourage went into joy when he entered the venue.

Speaking at the occasion, President Buhari assured the people of the state that more employment opportunities would be created, stressing that the main focus of his administration is to allow the youth  manifest their potentials.

He added that his administration shall continue to improve the economy of the country in the overall interest of the people.

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Buhari said that a lot has been achieved in the area of security as many of the local governments and states under the control of Boko Haram have been taken back, promising that much needed to be done, so Nigerians should give his government the chance to complete its good work.

In the area of corruption, he assured Nigerians that the war shall be fought headlong, noting that fighting corruption was difficult but assuring that many Nigerians supported him and has been fortified by their unity and uncompromising attitudes to continue in his second term.

He commended the people of Ondo State for their support promising not to let them down.

Earlier in his speech, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo had declared that the Buhari’s administration has done much in the last four years.

He mentioned that Ibadan/Lagos road, Oyo/ Ilorin road, Sagamu/Ore road, rail road from Lagos/Abeokuta/Ibadan has been completed, so also the second Niger Bridge ongoing, and many other projects across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

He disclosed that 1.2million pupils are being fed on daily basis across Nigeria while 500,000 unemployed graduates have been taken in by N-Power.

Osinbajo said the N-Power is tailored to take in 1.9million youths, promising that the present administration is determined to take Nigeria to the next level.

He therefore urged the people of Ondo State not to give in into the deceit of the opposition, stressing that their 16years of ruling Nigeria brought it to comatose.

Osinbajo said that President Muhammadu Buhari love the people of Ondo State, the reason the state has been included in the rail line coming from Osogbo in Osun.State.

He posited that when Ondo State is linked to rail line, it would provide more jobs and economic development to the state.

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The National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu commended the people of the State for their steadfastness, sagacity and commitment to the government of APC.

He added that Ondo State is a progressive state, reason the people of the state has produced notable leaders like Baba Adekunle Ajasin, Adebayo Adefarati who stood against the oppressors and fought till the last.

He thanked the people of the state for standing by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and other governors of APC in the Southwest, calling on the people to be more steadfast in the coming elections and vote for President Buhari to continue his good work for Nigerians.

He said that the present campaign is about Nigeria, noting that President Buhari has sold his soul to liberate every sector in the country. He promised that more shall be done to put the country in right footings in the comity of countries in the world.

He urged the people of Ondo State not to give in to looters who have promised to sell the country to his friends.

Tinubu also challenged the people of the state not to allow the main opposition to rig the coming election, as the party’s godfather and father of election rigging in Nigeria has been saying all around that the election will be rigged.

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, while speaking at the occasion commended the people of the state for supporting APC government.

He commended their fellowship, urging the people of the state to support President Buhari in the coming election to complete his good works.

He added that February 16 election should be used to finally bury the opposition in the state.

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said that President Muhammadu Buhari is the only president that can challenge the super power countries and other countries where looted money are kept to release them.

He said Atiku Abubakar has promised to enrich his friends, stressing that giving such person to win the coming election will be dangerous for the country He added that:” APC means the survival of Nigeria, while PDP is the survival of the fittest .”

He said that in the last four years, President Buhari has channelled his energy to emancipate the country from the clutches of looters, noting their gang up which will come to nothing in the coming election.

Oshiomhole urged the people of Ondo State to continue to support the good things APC governments at various levels are doing, promising that more shall be done in years ahead.

The Director General of Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Committee, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi urged APC in Ondo State to close rank and never allow opposition to take over the reign of government in the state.

He told the people that Buhari’s government has approved the inclusion of the state to railway line coming from Osogbo, promising that many things will be done in the state in the next four years.

The APC Chairman in the State, Ade Adetimehin promised the president 95 percent votes in the coming election.

He said that the state has been a progressive one since its inception, noting that many politicians from the opposition have been populating the party since.

Adetimehin disclosed that APC government has been doing tremendously well since assumption of office, therefore calling on the people of the state to support the party in the coming elections.

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