President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo early Tuesday morning arrived Akure airport for the continuation of their 2019 reelection campaign in Ondo and Ekiti states
The President and his team was received by Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, his Deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, and Chief Olusola Oke, Director of Buhari Campaign Organisation in the South West.
Others include Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Sen. Ajayi Boroffice, representing Ondo North Senatorial District and Mr Olaide Adelami, State Coordinator, Presidential Support Committee in Ondo State.
Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport, Chief Bola Tinubu, the Head of the Presidential Campaign and Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman, also arrived after the president and vice president.
President Buhari, his Vice and other member of his entourage from Akure airport move to Ado Ekiti to seek for Ekiti people’s support in the coming election.
President Buhari in Ado Ekiti, restated his commitment to fighting corruption.
The President who was greeted by a huge crowd at the State Pavillion, Ado Ekiti, said fighting corruption in Nigeria is not an easy task.
He, however, vowed never to be dissuaded in the task of ridding the nation of corruption in line with the promise he made in 2015.
At the rally were the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; five out of the six Governors south western states,
Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo),
Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ibikule Amosun (Ogun); former All Progressives
Congress (APC) Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, and Olusola Oke, among others.
Some members of the state House of Assembly and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also used the campaign rally to decamp to the APC.
The lawmakers were led by the Speaker, Ebenezer Alagbada. They include Cecelia Dada representing Ilejemeje constituency and Olanrewaju Olayanju from Emure constituency.
According to the president, he is conscious of the promises he made
four years ago, particularly the fight against corruption, insecurity and economic diversification.
“We are fighting corruption but it has not been easy. But we told the security agencies to keep a tab on those on our watch list and ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that those who have cases to answer doe not escape justice,” he said.
“As part of our promises, we are building roads, rail lines and fighting corruption. We introduced Treasury Single Account and increased power supply, so Nigerians can have their own businesses.
“I want to be grateful to Ekiti voters because the two times I came here, I achieved successes. I came here in 2014 and I also came here to campaign for Fayemi, he won the governorship election, so I thank you.”
In an earlier meeting with traditional rulers in Ekiti, President Buhari urged them to support his reelection bid and his government for sustainable peace in Ekiti State and beyond.
He said he had not betrayed the country on the promises he made in 2015 to secure the nation, fight corruption and diversify the economy and make Nigeria self-sustaining through local production.
The Vice president, who addressed the kings in Yoruba, said $383 billion was received as proceeds from oil between 2010 and 2014 under Goodluck Jonathan, but nothing was achieved with it.
“If that money had been utilised judiciously, all the roads, rail lines and employment we are creating would have long been in place for Nigerians,” he said.
“Buhari built three refineries as Minister of Petroleum under military era. No government has ever added one, not even during the 16 years of PDP
“Don’t let them deceive you, vote for a president you can trust, that is President Buhari.”
VP Osinbajo added that youth employment is paramount to Buhari’s government, saying this was why the administration brought about N-power scheme to empower young graduates.
Also speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said it would be a big mistake if Nigerians returned the PDP’s presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, in the February 16 polls.
“How many times did Obasanjo say Atiku stole PTDF’s money? The answer he always gave was that his former boss too stole money. Is this the kind of person you want to vote for?” Mr Oshiomhole said.
President Buhari returned to Akure, the Ondo State capital in the afternoon to continue his campaign rally at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park where thousands of Party supporters were already waiting for him despite the scorching sun, the Happy President promised that he would take more drastic actions to secure Nigeria if elected for a second term in office.
He said that his APC-led government had provided security for the country and fought the scourge of corruption.
According to him, Boko Haram has been decimated mostly in the Northeast, noting that the recent attacks by the group were aimed at soft targets.
In the same vein, Osinbajo urged the people to cast their vote for the APC in order to benefit more from the dividends of democracy under the Buhari administration.
The vice president said that the APC government has kept to its promises by ensuring that the poor Nigerians no longer go to the bed in hunger.
Osinbajo further disclosed that Buhari was concerned on the issue of electricity and has restored power supply to some parts of Ondo State which were formally in total blackout.
He promised that the government would bring railway project to Akure to boost the state’s economy and asked the people to vote for Buhari again.
Oshimhole asserted that Buhari is capable of taking the country to the “next level” compared to the PDP candidate.
For his part, APC national leader, Bola Tinubu said that Southwest leaders believe in Buhari and would ensure his return to office.
Engr. Ade Adetimehin, APC chairman Ondo State said that the party is ready to deliver votes for Buhari in next week’s election.
Also speaking, Minister of transport Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the director-general of APC Presidential Campaign Council, urged members of the party to unite in ensuring that Buhari returns to power again.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State assured Buhari that the people of the state would vote massively for him.
Akeredolu added that Buhari would be convinced by the “handsome votes” that the state would garner for him.