Nigeria: I Have Not Betrayed Nigerians in My Electioneering Promises - Buhari

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Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari
5 February 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured Nigerians that his government will continue to deliver on its electioneering campaign promises, saying he has not betrayed people in the promises he made to them in 2015.

The President spoke on Tuesday while addressing the party supporters and admirers who thronged the 12,000 capacity Ekiti Parapo pavilion ,, venue of the APC mega presidential campaign rally held in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

He disclosed that fighting corruption in a nation like Nigeria was not an easy task saying there was no going back in his administration resolve to rid the country of corruption as he promised 2015 .

President Buhari said the All Progressives Congress APC-led federal government had kept the promises made with Nigerians when it came to power about four years ago by touching on critical sectors which had impacted positively on the lives of every Nigerians.

The APC presidential candidate said he was quite conscious of the promises he made while contesting four years ago, particularly the ones that have to do with corruption, insecurity and economic diversification.

Buhari said, "All of our achievements have been highlighted earlier by our party leaders. We were very conscious of the promises we made when we were coming in 2015 .

"We are fighting corruption but it has not been easy. But we told the security agencies to keep tab on those on our watching list and ensure that no stone is left unturned to ensuring that those who have cases to answer doe not escape justice.

"As part of our promises, we are building roads, rail lines , fighting corruption . Importation of rice was stopped to encourage local production. We introduced Treasury Single Account and increased power supply , so Nigerians can have electricity power to do their businesses under conducive atmosphere.

"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".

Dignitaries at the rally were: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Kayode Fayemi(Ekiti), Gboyega Oyetola(Osun), Abiola Ajimobi(Oyo),

Rotimi Akeredolu(Ondo) , Ibikule Amosun(Ogun), former All Progressives Congress(APC) Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, Mr

Olusola Oke, Rotimi Amaechi among others.

Some members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), at the rally joined the All Progressives Congress(APC).

The lawmakers who were led by the Speaker , Hon Ebenezer Alagbada were: Hons Cecelia Dada representing Ilejemeje constituency and

Olanrewaju Olayanju from Emure constituency.

Earlier during a meeting with Ekiti Obas, Buhari pleaded with the monarchs to support his reelection bid and government for sustainable peace in Ekiti State and beyond .

Buhari said he has 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 in terms of local production.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who while addressing the mammoth crowd, said

"a sum of $383 billion was gotten from the oil between 2010 and 2014. That was when we had the highest of such, but nothing was done with it.

"If that money had been utilized judiciously, all the roads , rail lines and employment we are creating would have long been in place for Nigerians. 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", he advised.

Osinbajo added that youth employment is paramount to Buhari's government, saying this accounted for why the administration brought about N-power scheme to empower the young graduates.

The National Chairman of the party, Com. Adams Oshiomhole, said it would be a big mistake if Nigerians elect the PDP

presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku in the February 16 poll.

Oshiomhole who received those that defected to the party said Atiku owes Nigerians explanation over alleged stealing of millions of dollars belonging to Petroleum Trust Development Fund(PTDF) which he superintended over during the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

"How many times did Obasanjo said 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?", he queried .

The APC national leader , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Afenifere leader, Senator Ayo Fasanmi and former Osun state Governor, Chief Bisi Akande,

described the Reuben Fasoranti-led faction of the group, which had earlier endorsed Atiku as political jobbers, who shouldn't be take seriously.

Fayemi promised that our president will get 90 percent of the votes that would be cast on February 16 will be given to President Buhari

"The government is planning to dualise Ado-Akure road, complete the federal housing units, the federal secretariat and the Lagos-Kano

rail line, so we have no option than to return President Buhari, because Ekiti people are progressives", he said.

Fayemi promised that Buhari will get 90 percent of the votes that would be cast on February 16 .

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