President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of his administration to the promises made by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015, saying that a lot has been achieved in security, the economy and the fight against corruption.
President Buhari stated this on Tuesday while addressing the APC Presidential Campaign Rally in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State.
The president was joined by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, National leader of the APC and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, among other leaders of the party.
I assure you that we are very conscious of the promises we made when we were coming in 2015, President Buhari said as he addressed the capacity crowd of supporters that came from all parts of Ekiti State to see him and hear him speak to themWe have done very well in security. The people in the north east are the best judges because they know what they were in and what we did when we came in to secure that region.
About the economy, we are doing well in agriculture. We have stopped the importation of rice and we are putting the money we saved in infrastructure.
We are doing the roads; we are doing the rail and we are trying to provide power, President Buhari said.
Fight against corruption
He said the fight against corruption has proven more herculean, but insisted that the government has remained undaunted.
Fighting corruption is a much more difficult thing to do under this arrangement. But what we are doing is that we are getting the law enforcement agencies to watch those who abuse trust.
They will be investigated and prosecuted and whatever is taken away from them will be put in the treasuryHence we came with the single treasury account.
Let us build the roads, let us do the rails; let us bring power so that Nigerians can run their own businesses and work very hard as I believe Nigerians do, the president explained.
President Buhari expressed his gratitude to the people of the state for defying the sun to come out in their numbers to attend the rally.
Vice President lists achievements
Addressing the rally, Vice President Osinbajo listed the achievements of the Buhari administration since it assumed office in 2015.
The Vice President, who spoke in Yoruba, informed the people that the Lagos-Kano railway would be constructed to pass through several states, including Ekiti.
Professor Osinbajo said this would create jobs for different categories of workers in the state who would be working as administrators, technicians and engineers.
He said the project would also create opportunities for self-employment as many people would be directly and indirectly empowered to establish their businesses.
The vice president also spoke on the work being done on the Akure-Ado Ekiti Dual Carriageway, which he said would have positive effects on economic activities in Ekiti and Ondo States.
He reminded the people of the 500,000 jobs created for graduates and non-graduates through the N-Power programme.
The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said the main issues that would determine the 2015 general election were job creation and the management of the economy.
He said the work that President Buhari administration has done in agriculture has stemmed rural-urban migration by transferring prosperity from the urban to the rural populace.
Oshiomhole said the trade liberalization policies of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, created problems for the economy and urged the people not to allow the party to return to power.
5.8million jobs created
The APC National leader, BolaTinubu said that the Buhari administration has created over 5.8million jobs in the agriculture through the implementation of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
He said the programme would be extended to create employment for Ekiti people.
Tinubu criticised the privatisation of the distribution and generation aspects of the Nigerian electricity sector, saying it created a situation where the companies were exploiting consumers until President Buhari stopped them.
For deputy governor defects to APC
The rally also witnessed the defection of a former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Abiodun Aluko, who led other member of the PDP to join the APC.
The APC Presidential Camp train left Ekiti for Ondo state, where the party leaders also addressed a rally.
Source: Voice of Nigeria