…says opposition presidential candidate lacks integrity
•Osinbajo: Elite prefers Buhari dead
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday launched a ferocious attack on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning Nigerians to avoid them like plagues.
Tinubu, who spoke at the National Consultative Forum meeting of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups in Abuja, said ditching President Muhammadu Buhari and APC for Atiku and PDP would be the most unwise decision Nigerians could make in 2019.
This is as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also launched a verbal war against the opposition and the Nigeria elite, alleging that they preferred Buhari dead because of the reforms of the present administration which has brought many corrupt persons to justice.
Tinubu said Atiku does not only lack the requisite character and integrity to lead Nigeria, but has displayed lack of focus in his political career. He also accused the PDP presidential candidate of abuse of office during his tenure as vice president, adding that he converted the commonwealth of the people to his private estate under the guide of privatisation of public enterprises.
His words: “The PDP standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar, has changed parties so many times and collected so many membership cards. He could build a house of the party membership cards he has accumulated. But one thing he should remember is that a man who builds a house of cards ought not to cast stones at a man who is building a house with a firm and true foundation.
“He should also realize that such a feeble house will collapse as soon as the wind of truth blows on it. You, my friends, are that wind of truth. Atiku was with the PDP, with us, with another party, then back with the PDP.
He is a political merry go round and carnival all by himself. Ask him which party he belong to, he must ask you what “year is it” before he dare answer. Ask him the direction he is going, he will answer “North, South, East and West at the same time.
“Any man who intends on going everywhere at the same time is a man intent on going nowhere. Atiku has every right to engage in such personal confusion. But he has no ethical right to try to substitute his personal confusion for our national mission. “Just look at his relationship with his former boss, Obasanjo.
At one point, the one despised the other. Obasanjo said he had asked God not to allow Atiku to become President. If Obasanjo once asked God to prevent Atiku, we are entitled to wonder into whose ear does Obasanjo now whisper his support for Atiku’s venal cause?
“They want a Nigeria, where stealing is not corruption and corruption is not a crime and stealing is only wrong if you are dumb enough to be caught by a foreign government. They want a Nigeria, where there is no right and no wrong but one, where money and power dispose of all questions and end all inquiries.
“They want to live in a land of false opulence and true greed, one where the weight of all their waste and the impunity of their misconduct is borne on the backs of the common man and woman. “This is what the coming election is about. They claim to be ‘reformed PDP,’ then they selected as their candidate, Obasanjo’s VP, who took the term ‘privatization’ to its literal extreme.
Through plotting contrived sales of national assets to himself, Atiku sought to turn half of Nigeria into his own private property. He sought to run off with the goose that laid the golden egg, while simultaneously staying put in order to milk dry the national cow. If given a second chance at the national till, he will consume all he did not take the first go around.”
The APC national leader further said that it has become imperative to remind Nigerians of what the PDP did in its 16-year rule. He said: “The PDP and their candidate had vast money at their disposal and they did nothing with it during their 16-year reign of waste.
They created no jobs and the only opportunities they promoted were their plans for looting the national treasury. “They failed to bring social welfare for the poor because they forgot all about the poor. There was no serious problem they resolved. Every national problem became a friend to them that they used as an excuse to skim from the public purse. Instead of building Nigeria they belittled it.
They consumed the years of plenty and depleted the national storehouse. They now ask for the keys to that store house, so they can return to the scene of their malfeasance.
They seek to come back not to repair what they did but to repeat it. “We will not allow that to happen because we prefer progress over regression. We are here because we support honest government that will bring peace, justice and prosperity to all… President Buhari is the man to lead us on this historic task.
“The PDP federal and state governments racked up over $63 billion in debt. The PDP distorted financial markets by out-borrowing the private sector. Yet they left salaries unpaid, pensioners were left abandoned and some made homeless by PDP neglect. Infrastructure projects went uncompleted. “Funds intended to make the nation safe from Boko Haram were diverted for pecuniary gains.
Over $400 billion in earnings between 2010 and 2014 was squandered, creating a false sense of economic wellbeing that quickly vanished at the first sign of decline in oil prices.” On the coming elections, Tinubu said it is an opportunity to showcase the achieve ments of President Buhari in the area of anti-corruption, insecurity and infrastructure development.
“President Buhari is committed to building the necessary foundation for a prosperous nation and diversified economy that will provide employment and fair opportunity for all. He has no tolerance for corruption and is vigorously ridding the nation of this blemish on our reputation. He fights the terrorists and is not afraid to tackle the hardest challenges of governance.
“He has tackled Boko Haram. Yes, Boko Haram is still there and at times can attack hard in some areas. However, that harbinger of terror no longer plants its flag on our soil nor does it claim to have established a caliphate as it did over Nigerian territory before 2015 because the last PDP government was either too scared or lazy to properly defend our people and our soil,” he said. Osinbajo, who represented the President at the occasion, said come February 2019, the APC will win the general elections and return President Buhari for a second term.
The election, he said, will be a historic one and a battle between those who want Nigeria’s resources to be used for the country and her people, and those who want to privatize the commonwealth of the people.
His words: “The man, who stands against the forces of retrogression, but with the future of our children is the man called Muhammadu Buhari. He is not perfect man, but he is an honest and truthful man, a man, who wants to use the resources of this country for the common man. Between 2010 and 2014, our nation earned the highest amount ever in history from oil – the sum of $383 billion. Just to compare in the same period we have earned less than $112 billion. But where are the roads, the rail, the power?
“When we came into office over, 22 states were owing between three and six months salaries. The President insisted we must support the states to pay. Yet when we came into office oil was down to $30 a barrel and we were earning 60 per cent less than the previous government, yet in the past three years we have spent N2.7 trillion on infrastructure, the highest in the history of the country.
How? We are not stealing the money. We are using it for the people. “So, today we are doing major roads in 36 states, Lagos Kano railway, Warri Aladja, Mambilla, Port Harcourt-Maiduguri. We are feeding 9.2 million children every day, we are giving two million petty traders a better deal in life with Tradermoni, we have now employed 50,000 graduates under the NPower programme, we are giving at least 400,000 of the poorest Nigerians N5,000 a month. How? Because Buhari is the gatekeeper, he has stopped grand corruption.
So, despite the fact that we are earning 60 per cent less, we are doing five times more. “This is why there is a gang up by the discredited elite against him. They prayed for him to die, he didn’t die, when he came back hale and hearty by the grace of the Almighty God , they mourned while Nigerians rejoiced.
“The fear of Buhari makes desperate people even crazy. So, now they say he is Jubrin from Sudan. If you can’t discredit him, say he doesn’t exist! They were all alive and well when Pastor Enoch Adeboye went to London and prayed for him before he returned to Nigeria. How will one Jubrin sit in Federal Executive Council (FEC) and conduct meetings, consult with his ministers, speak to me daily? “Their strategy is simple, if you tell a lie often enough, some will believe you. Buhari is not only alive and well, he will by God’s grace live long and well after his second term in office.”
Metro and Crime11 hours ago
I dated my son’s killer for only one year, says father of boy killed by ex-lover
Metro and Crime11 hours ago
Controversy as autopsy shows victim died of gunshot, not car accident
Sports13 hours ago
AFCON 2019: Eagles to host either Senegal, Tunisia or Morocco
Metro and Crime10 hours ago
Kidnappers abduct students, lecturer, others
News10 hours ago
Air Peace: Passenger recounts cabin pressure loss ordeal
Metro and Crime10 hours ago
Boko Haram members disguise as IDPs, attack soldiers
Metro and Crime13 hours ago
Lady checks into hotel with lover, found dead
News21 hours ago
Ayokunle: CAN never endorsed Buhari for second term