Presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, (rtd) yesterday in Benin urged Nigerians to vote the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), out of power before it kills Nigeria and Nigerians.
Buhari who was in Benin, Edo State capital to canvass for votes, reiterated his commitment to eradicating insecurity in the North-Eastern part of the country, providing employment for the teeming youths and tackling corruption.
“Before PDP kills Nigeria, we better vote them out of power. Use your Permanent Voter’s Card to constitutionally kill PDP in Nigeria,” Buhari urged the people.
The APC presidential hopeful who was welcomed by a tumultuous crowd of party faithful and supporters at the Dr. Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, said every household in the country has suffered from the effect of the misgovernance of the PDP.
He listed insecurity as his first priority if elected President, just as he listed unemployment and fight against corruption as other areas he would tackle headlong.
Noting the danger unemployment poses to the country, Buhari said the quickest way for job creation was through agriculture which will empower farmers through provision of farming inputs and provision of soft loans to people to set up their own businesses, stressing that his administration would tackle corruption which he noted was responsible for most of the country’s problems.
The APC standard bearer also promised to assist Edo and other South-Eastern States in the fight to end erosion.
Buhari noted that the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was only able to generate between 3000 and 4000 Megawatts of electricity after the PDP government had spent over $20 billion in 16 years, and regretted that the output had even nose-dived today.
He, therefore, pledged to fix the power problem confronting the nation.
Earlier, national leader of APC and former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu while addressing the mammoth crowd at the rally ground, called on Edo people to embark on “common sense revolution” by voting for the APC, saying that the country was tired of promises, as the ruling PDP government had failed to provide jobs for over 50 million unemployed youths, curb insecurity, secure the release of 270 abducted Chibok girls, among others, even as he promised that under APC government the nation’s comatose refineries would be revived.
Also speaking, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said Edo was the perfect story of Nigeria which six years ago could be liken to a disused vehicle, lacking all accessories, that today the story has changed, adding that like Edo, Nigeria will change when Buhari becomes President.
He listed the issues that will define the election as insecurity which led to 30 local governments to be taken from Nigeria by insurgents, dead refineries through which a few in the present administration were defrauding the country, the importation of petroleum products and lack of power supply for which Nigerians were being fleeced through payment of high bills, including fixed charges for electricity not supplied, among others.
Director-General of the APC Campaign Organisation, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of River State, while welcoming party faithful to the rally, said President Jonathan while campaigning in the state on Wednesday admitted his failure in performing in the South-South states, tagging the president as a man who kept making promises without fulfilling them.
He therefore charged the people of Edo and the South-South Region to vote Jonathan and PDP out of power, as they could not continue to dwell on promises.
RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign
The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.
Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.
We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors
The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”
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