Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Nigerians to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari at the forthcoming general elections, saying the forthrightness and sincerity of the the current administration is not in doubt.
Prof. Osinbajo who stated this during the weekend when he visited Igbeti, Igboho, Kisi, and Saki in Oke-Ogun areas of Oyo State, also called on Nigerians to stand with the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the coming elections.
He described President Buhari administration as a government for the poor and common man who resides in every local government areas of the country.
“All the Social Investment Programmes of the Buhari administration is to empower the common man and the poor. We have been able to do more with less resources,” he said.
Speaking to the excited crowd at Igbeti town during a campaign rally and street chats on Friday, Prof. Osinbajo explained that the TraderMoni, MarketMoni and the N-Power programmes are designed to take the common people out of poverty.”
“The TraderMoni is to empower the small, small traders, it is not for big business. Those in big businesses have their own, which is called the MarketMoni. We want to reach every village so that the people here will also benefit from this government, all of us will be going up, up, up,” the VP emphasized.
He assured that hardworking people like artisans such as tailors will be assisted with money to enhance their businesses, adding, “even those who are not graduates, but can read and write will be given a stipend monthly like those in the N-Power programme.”
Singing a campaign song which he composed in Yoruba, “Up, up, we are going, up, up we are going,” the VP enjoined the people to join hands with the government whose leaders will use the money meant for the masses to work for them and should not allow those leaders who will be stealing people’s money to return.
During his courtesy visit to the Paramount ruler (Onigbeti) of Igbeti Land, Oba Emmanuel Oyekan Oyebisi, Ofasegbejo III of Igbetiland, Prof. Osinbajo, commended the Oba and thanked him for a warm welcome.
Earlier, the Oba commended the Social Investment Programmes of the Buhari administration, describing it as the people’s programmes, and requested for the development of natural resources such as different types of marbles available in the town for the betterment of not only the indigenes but the country at large.
While assuring the Oba that his requests would be looked into, the VP said, “Kabiyesi, this coming election is for progress, we have already seen it but if we are not cautious we may be drawn back, but God forbid it.”
Following his visit to Igbeti town, Osinbajo also went to Kisi, the headquarters of Irepo Local Government Area of Oyo State, where he was received by a mammoth and excited crowd.
Prof. Osinbajo urged them to stand with the government in the coming elections.
On Saturday, on his visit to Saki Local Government Area, the Vice President also received a rousing welcome by huge crowds at different stops.
On arrival, Osinbajo paid a courtesy call to the Bagii of Saki, High Chief Abdrasheed Gazali Adegoke, where he met with traditional rulers in the area, who commended him for being “a great Vice President.” He noted that the Buhari administration deserves a second term for its efforts in improving the welfare of Nigerians.
At Saki, the Vice President addressed rallies where he emphasized the Social Investment Programme and the “Next Level” plan of the Buhari administration. He noted that one of the plans include the establishment of the People’s Moni Bank that would give soft loans to Nigerians.