Barely 17 days to the gubernatorial election in Osun, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, has reiterated that his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, remains the party to beat anytime, any day.
He said his outstanding performance across sectors of the economy had earned him the people’s support and soared his popularity and acceptability as manifested in the unfolding events in the last three and a half years he has been paddling the ship of the State.
He warned members of the opposition parties to desist from politics of acrimony, inflammatory commentaries capable of inciting the public and instigating violence. He urged them to play the game according to the laid down rule.
Governor Oyetola spoke while receiving a delegation of the British High Commission on Tuesday, in Osogbo, the State capital.
The Governor noted that his modest achievements and outstanding performance in the last three and a half years have been rated by the people of the State hence the wide acceptance and warm reception he has been experiencing since the commencement of his re-election campaigns across the visited Local Government Areas of the State.
He said his administration has laboured so hard to maintain the tempo of peace which the state is known for through the implementation of people-centred policies and programmes that had impacted positively on the lives of the citizenry particularly the masses who have been the direct beneficiaries of most of his administration’s programmes.
While describing election as a contest that must be seen as a peaceful race by contestants, Oyetola expressed displeasure over the inflammatory comments credited to the gubernatorial candidate of the main opposition party saying such unguided tantrums could trigger violence and cause havoc on the peaceful atmosphere reigning in the State.
He enjoined the local and international electoral observers, particularly the British High Commission to watch the opposition parties closely because of the unfolding events.
“I must commend and appreciate the British High Commission for its interest in deepening Nigeria’s democracy and for taking the struggle down here with the sole aim of ensuring peaceful, free, fair and credible election.
“Osun remains the most peaceful State in Nigeria and we are doing everything humanly possible to protect that enviable status.
“By the look of things, it has shown clearly that we’re the party to beat anytime, any day. With God on our side, we are confident of victory. God has been so merciful and supportive of our administration, and we have seen the light of this as it has been evident in all we do.
“As you can see, our state has the highest number of registered voters in the country and that shows that our people are ready and willing to vote. In the past three and a half years, God has used us to change the face of the state with landmark socioeconomic and infrastructural development across the nooks and crannies of the State.
“We have constructed over 500km of roads vis-a-vis the reconstruction and rehabilitation of several kilometers of roads across cities, towns and villages. We have revitalised over three hundred Primary Healthcare Centres to ensure that every political ward has a functional healthcare centre. We have been very supportive on the welfare of the people particularly the prompt payment of salaries and pensions and we have been giving support to the vulnerable citizens through many means particularly the monthly food support for 30,000 households. On security we have done creditably well vis-a-vis education sector, agriculture, mining among others.
“It is on these and many other things that we have done that people have been very anxious to ensure that we are back so as to consolidate on our modest achievements and continue with the dividends of democracy they have been enjoying.
“To us, we believe there should be free, fair and credible election because we are there to ensure good standard.
“My only concern has to do with the attitude of the opposition parties particularly the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in terms of preaching violence when they go out for campaign with words like fire for fire and one of them recently said they will use bombs freely during the election, those statements as we all know can incite people and cause unnecessary violence.
“But because we are organised people and lovers of peace, we didn’t look at their threatening comments but rather continue to preach peace. We are a people of peace and we are a government that treasures peace and nothing can make us compromise this.
“We want you to let them know that they (members of the opposition parties) need to be enjoined to ensure peace because the way they are going about this can scare voters to and it could lead to voter apathy. If they are indeed popular enough they should go to the field without preaching violence and chaos.
“By the grace of God, I will emerge victorious and our party -the All Progressives Congress will win the next governorship election”, he added.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the delegation of the British High Commission, Mr. Wale Adebayo, said they were in the state on pre-election visit as part of efforts to assess and measure the level of readiness and preparation of the political parties, their candidates, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, security agents among other concerned authorities.
“We are the team from the British High Commission and we are here in Osun on pre-election visit to the State to see how prepared the state is for the election. We are here to meet with the stakeholders in the election especially with the key political parties who are contesting for the governorship election in the State.
“We have been to INEC to see how prepared they are for the election and we have also met members of the Civil Society Organizations and we will be meeting the Commissioner of Police to know the level of security measures they have put in place.
“We will meet with the candidates contesting for the election to assess the level of their preparation for the election. Basically, we are here to let you know that we are coming to observe the election as members of international community. It is our responsibility to observe the election process.
“We are not here to support any candidate but to observe how the election is being conducted and as well reach out to the candidates to know if there’s any challenge”, he added.
Yobe North: Appeal Court Affirms Bashir Machina As APC Candidate
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
The court upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State which held that the President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election into the National Assembly.
The court had submitted that Mr Lawan did not participate in the legally recognized primary election of the APC to select its candidate in the election held on 28th May 2022.
Delivering judgment on the appeal filed by the President of the Senate, a three-member panel of the appellate court led by justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that the primary election conducted by the party on 9th June is invalid as it was in breach of the constitution.
The law is settled as to the involvement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in party primaries, which is to monitor, the primaries of 9th June were not monitored by the electoral commission.
The APC made a case at the appellant court for itself and it preferred candidate Ahmed Lawan but failed to make him a co-appellant.
Mr Lawan appeared in the case as the 2nd respondent indicating that he and the APC were working at cross purposes while trying to achieve a goal.
The appeal is unmeritorious as it fails in its entirety.
The appellant (APC) is to pay the sum of N1 million to the 1st respondent (Bashir Sheriff) as cost.
THOUSANDS ATTEND S’WEST APC PRESIDENTIAL RALLY IN LAGOS, AS TINUBU TAKES CAMPAIGN TO THE YOUTH
•Sanwo-Olu, Progressive Governors: ‘He’s country best choice for president’
•‘PDP about to repeat another failure in Lagos’ – Tinubu
Surulere – the Lagos city that hosted the first All Progressives Congress (APC) convention after the party was formed in 2014 – became a beehive of political carnival on Saturday.
A mammoth crowd thronged the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, as the ruling party returned to the city for its inaugural 2023 presidential rally in the Southwest region.
Clad in various shades of APC-branded vests, caps and Ankara brocade, a mass of the party’s supporters, who filled the 24,000-capacity stadium to the brim, defied the searing heat from the sun to receive the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) team.
At 12:45, Tinubu’s motorcade made a grand entry into the venue, moving the crowd into a spontaneous excitement. The APC presidential candidate arrived in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and members of Progressive Governors’ Forum led by their chairman, Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.
The huge turnout at the rally again confirmed Tinubu’s popularity at his political base. The APC presidential candidate hails from Lagos and was a two-term Governor of the State.
Sanwo-Olu opened the floor with his short remarks, thanking Tinubu for laying the foundation for the physical and socio-economic growth being witnessed in Lagos since 1999.
The Governor, who described the APC presidential standard bearer as “architect of modern Lagos”, said Tinubu’s vision, character and tenacity stood him out among presidential contenders, urging Lagosians to elect the candidate with unprecedented number of votes at the polls.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Tinubu is the builder of the modern Lagos we are all enjoying today. For implementing his vision through character and tenacity, and pushing his ideas to what we can physically see, our candidate is the best choice for the president.
“Aside being a visionary leader, Tinubu has also been an advocate of unity and a figure who has stood firm in support of national cohesion. We are all witnesses to all outstanding achievements to his name. His reputation stands tall among his peers And he is the right man for the job.”
Tinubu took to the podium to share message of “Renewed Hope” with the mass of young people at the rally. He said his administration’s priorities would focus on improving human capital development and harnessing energy of the youth through job creation to accelerate economic growth.
His capacity to lead the country, the APC presidential candidate said is not in doubt, noting that Lagos’ growth trajectory from a State in deficit to one of the six largest economies in Africa best demonstrated his ability to drive the needed change to put the country on the path of prosperity.
When elected, Tinubu said he would do his best to change the country’s fortunes, but noted the task would not be easy at the start.
He said: “I stand before you all with a solemn promise that when we are elected next year, we will continue and build on the progressive path laid forth by our party since 2015. We have a clear agenda for the future of the country and with your support, we will work to achieve a better future for you and your family.
“Nobody will be forgotten when we roll out our development plans. We have great plans for our youths in education and employment. You will not be forgotten. Economic growth is one of our biggest priorities. We will do our best to solve the contemporary challenges facing us, but it will not be easy at the start.”
Tinubu, again, took a swipe at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, calling on the electorate to use their votes to retire him finally. The APC presidential candidate said PDP spent 15 years making excuses and forgot the mandate given them to better the lives of Nigerians in the era of boom.
Under the PDP, Tinubu said major infrastructure projects were left to rot with no plan for their rehabilitation, including Lagos-Badagry Highway.
“Rejecting Atiku with your votes and retiring him will be the final step to take in burying PDP for life,” Tinubu said.
The APC National Leader passed a vote of confidence on Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, saying the Governor had become a symbol of good governance.
Tinubu said PDP would repeat another outing of failure in Lagos gubernatorial election, stressing that the opposition party did not have enough strength to stop Sanwo-Olu’s re-election
PCC Director-General and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, described Tinubu as a “consummate manager of people and resources” with capacity to change difficult situations.
Lalong said Tinubu’s greatest success as former Lagos governor was his ability to groom brilliant successors that expanded his ideas to the next level.
Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said Tinubu’s winning the party presidential ticket took him out as the most investigated politician in the Fourth Republic.
Despite series of wild allegations being bandied against Tinubu, the Speaker said none had been proven to be true. The APC presidential candidate, Gbajabiamila said, would win the election with convincing margins.
He said: “This is not the main rally for Lagos. We are energising the base with this large turnout witnessed here today. When the main campaign is held, it will be the double of the crowd we see here today.”
Tinubu to Atiku, How many time will you Run?
The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Friday, mocked his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar over his various attempts to occupy the number one political office in the country.
Atiku Abubakar lost his presidential bids in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
Tinubu, who spoke at the APC Presidential Candidate Meeting with Niger Delta Stakeholders held in Gbaramatu, Delta State, addressed the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II (Aketekpe, Agadagba) on his plans for the Gbaramatu community.
“You mentioned the issue of the deep sea port, the roads, the bridge, and the university, industrial park at Ogidigben. These are the things that came to your mind, Kabiyesi, and all of you here,” the former Lagos State governor said.#
“Kabiyesi, Your Royal Highness, as I stand before you, there are few of us left running. One says he is Atiku. How many times has he been running? He’s always on the run and he’s tired. Tell him to go and sit down. Enough is enough.
“The other one, he think na statistic we go chop. He lies with arithmetic that no Indian can ever solve. To mention his name is a disgrace even to me. I won’t mention the name. Wrong arithmetic, wrong statistics, warehouse economics. That’s not what Nigeria needs.
“Kabiyesi, Your Royal Majesty, it was a joy to find one of my own blood being part of you from Badagry. So, what else do you need? You need honesty; you need the man who knows the road. That is me.”
Though Tinubu did not directly refer to Obi or the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso – two other major contenders in the 2023 elections – his comments were met with chants of “Jagaban! Jagaban!”
He assured the Pere that his administration would consult with the monarch regularly.
“Our brothers here, we will embrace them for the development of the area, the community of Gbaramatu, and other associated communities – economic development, progress, jobs for our youth, a promised tomorrow that is certain.
“A renewed hope is here standing before you. And I promise, with the support of God on my team that you will live long, you will live with prosperity,” Tinubu said.
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