The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has taken a swipe at the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, for poor governance of the state, saying the governor misbehaved with the opportunity to govern the state.
Tinubu, who said the APC’s administration will “soon return to continue the good work”, congratulated the immediate past governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, who was recently declared the winner of the 2022 gubernatorial election in the state by the election petition tribunal.
He praised Oyetola’s “tenacity, diligence, consistency, and determination”, which he said made the former governor not to give up until he got his “stolen mandate” back.
The APC presidential standard bearer said this at the party’s campaign rally at Freedom Park in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Thursday.
“They were given a little opportunity to rule for some months and they started misbehaving, killing and creating unrest in Osun State,” Tinubu said.
The APC presidential candidate further urged the people of Osun State not to be deceived by the “empty promises” of the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP), Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi respectively, saying both have nothing to offer.
While he said Atiku was only interested in stealing the nation’s resources and pocketing them for himself and his friends, Tinubu likened Obi to the unprofitable servant who buried his talents, saying the former governor of Anambra State failed to use the state’s resources to develop it.
“None of the other major candidates in this election have the capacity, integrity, knowledge or determination necessary to do what must be done. Only I, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, am prepared and up to the task of leading this country, our cherished homeland, back towards its best destiny.
“Do not vote for the candidate of the poverty development party, Mr. Privatise, Atiku Abubakar. When, as the Vice President of this country, he had a chance to make a positive difference, he chose the lesser path.
“He chose to use his position to enrich himself, his family and his friends. He sold Nigeria’s most prized assets for a fraction of their value. In the name of privatisation, he stole from your future to enrich himself.
“Worse, he has learned nothing. He has gone everywhere telling the Nigerian people that he is coming back to finish the job. He has promised that this time he will not steal your prosperity.
“You should not believe him or his greedy co-conspirators. The nation does not need the return of its Privatiser-in-Chief. Reject him and his band of foul jesters. They have no serious plans for this country. They resort to cheap and vile antics because they have no substance, no solutions.
“Be equally wary of the false messiah, Mr. Stingy, Peter Obi. This man’s promises are bold and his boasts are plentiful. Yet, when he was given the responsibility to lead just one state, he was overwhelmed by it.
“He could only stash away the money he was supposed to be using to develop the state. All the people of Anambra could hope for was that whoever came next would have better ideas.
“A governor is not a banker, expected to hold fast to his customer’s deposit. Obi was expected to build good roads, schools and hospitals. He was supposed to pay the salaries of Anambra doctors, teachers and civil servants. He was meant to nurture and empower new leaders.
“In eight years, he achieved none of these things. He is no visionary leader. He is the man who proudly buried his talents because he knew no better. This man who could not even understand the proper role of a governor cannot be trusted as the next president. Reject him,” Tinubu stated.
The former governor of Lagos State, however, promised to create jobs for the unemployed and make credit available for business owners if elected as president in the 2023 general election.
Tinubu said his administration, if elected in the forthcoming presidential election, would empower Nigerians with the skills that would make them employable, assuring that the youths will no longer spend years in university due to lecturers’ strike action.
Others at the rally were Governors Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); former Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Gboyega Oyetola (Osun); and former APC Interim Chairman, Bisi Akande; among others.
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