The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday boasted that it would emerge victorious in the forthcoming general elections.
It added that that its victory in the elections will be transparent. This is just as the APC presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari applauded the achievements of his administration in the areas of food security and restoration of peace in the North East.
Addressing party’s supporters in Ilorin, Kwara State, the president said the people of North East could testify to how he has fulfilled his 2015 promise of restoring peace to the troubled region.
Buhari assured Nigerians of his preparedness to consolidate on his achievements in the areas of security, food security and the fight against corruption, if re-elected.
He said, “When I came here in 2015 I made a promise on three things; security, the economy and fighting corruption. Today the people of the North East are our testimony to how far we have done in the area of security. And we have achieved food security, people are now living well. We will not stop the fight against corruption. We will continue to invest the money collected from looters in infrastructure development.”
National chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had earlier assured Nigerians that there was no need to worry about the allegations from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the APC was planning to rig the elections by changing the leadership of some security agencies.
“This election is going to be about character”, he said, adding, “Our victory will be transparent. We do not need to steal what belongs to us. We have travelled across the country and everywhere people are clamouring for Buhari to come back.
“The reason PDP is making false allegations is because this is the first time since 1999 that election will take place and a non-PDP man will be in charge. No one will be blackmailed. No one will be harassed with security agents. In Kwara PDP has held to power for 16 years by rigging but enough is enough.”
Oshiomole said he was anxiously waiting for the outcome of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections to celebrate the fall of Saraki from the control tower of Kwara politics.
Also speaking, the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, explained why APC wants to oust Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, from the political equation of Kwara State.
According to Tinubu, the opposition to Saraki’s leadership of the politics of Kwara State was not an affront on the political dynasty started by the late Dr. Olusola Saraki, but a need to ‘discipline’ the Senate President whom he alleged has stood against his political godfather. He explained that since another member of the Saraki family, Senator Gbemisola, is in the APC, it will not be right to fight her family.
Earlier during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, President Buhari restated his commitment to the completion of the ongoing projects in Kwara State citing the successful completion of the Ilorin-Jebba road, irrigation projects among others as testimonies.
He added that he usually visit traditional rulers because of their closeness to the people at the grassroots stressing that the nation has been able to tackle the prevalence insecurity in the North East of Nigeria.
He added: “Government was able to empower the agriculture ministry to provide soft loans and fertilizer to farmers. Fighting corruption is the most difficult thing Your Highness, because we are going after and charging those who have misused the public trust and for those who are guilty, they are sentenced.”
While welcoming the President, the Emir commended him for engaging in a peaceful campaign as well as embarking on infrastructural development across the country.
Sulu-Gambari added that “every politician have one reason or the other as a justification for being entitled to victory in the coming election. But there is no doubt that Mr. President, you have tried your best and we wish you good luck in your endeavours.”
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