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Presidential campaign: Buhari vows to sustain war against corruption; Supports all APC candidates, welcomes cross-party support

President Buhari in Cross River State

Femi Adesina, President Buhari’s Special Adviser, Media & Publicity at the Cross River APC presidential campaign rally
President Buhari’s campaign train in Ebonyi state

By Douglas Okoro

Abakaliki, Jan. 30, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Feb. 16 presidential election, has pledged to sustain the ongoing war against corruption if re-elected.

Buhari made the promise while addressing a crowd of APC supporters who thronged the Pa Oruta Ngele Township Stadium in Abakaliki on Wednesday for the APC presidential mega rally.

He said that his administration’s commitment to repositioning the country and sustaining the anti-graft campaign were irrevocable.

Buhari said that fighting corruption was a difficult task, but that his administration would not relent in the struggle.

”We are fighting broad war against corruption and this system is a difficult process but we are doing our best by trying to reorganise the Nigeria Police Force and Judicial system.

”When we vote people into public office who are without houses and good cars, within two years they will own cars, build houses in Abuja, Europe and America.

”When we investigate them, we arrest them and take them to court and when we take them to court, we hope that they will be prosecuted.

”The important thing that I assure you is that I as a President today have never been in a position of abusing trust.

”As a governor in the defunct North-East state now made up of the six states, as a minister of Petroleum for over three years and as a former Head of State, I was arrested, detained and investigated but they never found anything against me.

”So, we will stand against anything that hinders our development as a nation because God has given us people, God has given us resources.

”If you vote me back I will make sure we realise the potentialities of our people and use the resources God has given us to make life better for the people and the future generation,” he said.

The President said his administration had achieved success in the implementation of the three key cardinal programmes it promised to pursue during the 2015 presidential campaign – the anti-graft war, insecurity and rebuilding of the economy.

He said that the military had successfully freed the local government areas previously occupied by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The President said that the nation’s economy has been repositioned through agriculture and agro-based businesses and added that the country was no longer importing rice as it used to.

”We asked the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Bank to give soft loans to our farmers and those who don’t have something doing and who do not feel too big to farm went to the farm.

”Today we have achieved food sufficiency and the money we have saved from rice and food importation we use to provide infrastructure.

”We are building roads, we are building rail lines and gateways for new rail way lines and we are committed to restoring the confidence of people in good governance,” he added.

The President who thanked the people of Ebonyi for the rousing welcome urged them to vote for him and other candidates of the APC in the forthcoming general elections.

Earlier, the Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said that Buhari had performed well to deserve re-election and urged the people to vote massively for the re-election of the president and other candidates of the party in Ebonyi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, and Minister of Transportation and Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, accompanied the President to Ebonyi.

NAN also reports that Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman presented the party’s governorship flag to Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji, Ebonyi APC governorship candidate.

President Buhari has also assured members of the APC that he is fully behind the party and its candidates in every state of the federation, and is campaigning for them wherever he goes.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, dismissed insinuations that President Buhari did not show full support for the APC while campaigning Tuesday in Imo State, a state that has made headlines recently for the fractiousness within the ruling party there which has led to disagreements with the state governor, Rochas Okorocha.

“The massive crowd that gathered to welcome President Buhari in Imo State was made up of not only supporters of the APC in the state, but also supporters of other parties who are united by their love for the President and their desire to see him re-elected, despite the local candidates they support,” Shehu said.

He explained that President Buhari’s consciousness of this obviously-mixed crowd was the reason why he did not speak only about support for the APC during the campaign, but also encouraged the people to vote according to their consciences.

According to the presidential spokesman, “While President Buhari is fully behind APC, he welcomes endorsements from those who do not belong to the ruling party but is also sensitive to their support for non-APC candidates at the local level. It would have been insensitive of him to offend his non-APC supporters by ignoring their local affiliations.”

Shehu noted President Buhari’s open endorsement of Hope Uzodinma, the APC gubernatorial candidate in Imo State, whose hand the President raised high before the crowd at the campaign rally.

“President Buhari is for the APC in every state and there is no doubt about that, despite his immense cross-party support,” he said.

The APC presidential campaign train also was in Cross River State.



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