The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says the fifth columnists behind the current nationwide fuel and new naira notes scarcity want to foist a political crisis in the country.
Tinubu said the people behind the crisis that is causing nationwide frustration and hardship to Nigerians want to spark turmoil that can lead to the postponement of the 2023 general election.
He said this at the APC presidential campaign rally in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Friday.
“They are hoarding naira so that you can be angry and fight. They want confusion so that the election can be postponed. What they want is an interim government. But we are wiser than them. We will not fight. Any rat that eats the rat poison will end up killing itself,” the former governor of Lagos State stated.
Tinubu told the people of Ekiti State that he is in the presidential race to better their lives.
“I am in the race for the betterment of the people. If it is what I will eat and what I need personally, God has provided for me. I am in this race to make life good and better for you too.
“Ekiti people are well educated people. They are well read; they don’t joke with education. But it is not good to finish schooling and not get a job. So, we shall provide jobs for you.
“On that day, we will trek to the polling booths to cast our votes. Your polling booths are not far from where you live. So, you should walk down to cast your votes,” the APC presidential flag-bearer said.
Tinubu further promised to focus on development of the agricultural sector, employing modern and mechanised farming.
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He also promised to make the state an exportation hub for its agricultural products, bringing more revenue to the state.
“My farm policy will establish commodity exchange boards guaranteeing prices for important crops so that you are ensured a decent living for your hard work. Our Agricultural Plan calls for agricultural hubs and improves access to finance.
“Both these will enable you to modernise farm operations, improve productivity while reducing the harshness of physical labour through mechanised equipment and modern technology.
“Your cocoa will supply users in Europe, Asia, and beyond. More than that, through our plans to promote agro-allied processing, local companies will begin to turn cocoa into finished products. Ultimately, you will export chocolate candy and other fine things to the rest of the world.
“Implementing this plan in Ekiti and the rest of the nation means progress for you and the entire economy. For we shall grow more food, with less strain and effort. Increased food security means you will be able to visit the market to buy the food you need yet still have money left in your hand for other life necessities,” he added.
Citing the Ikogosi Warm Spring, Tinubu said the state will be a befitting tourist site for Nigeria, attracting foreigners from in and out of the country and boosting the state’s resources.
On security, he said: “Rest assured, my security strategy will be tough on kidnappers, killers, terrorists and bandits.
“My national security plan invests heavily on ensuring we have enough active, well trained and well-equipped security personnel to defeat threats wherever and whenever they emerge. We shall significantly augment the number of active duty personnel.
“Moreover, we shall invest in enhanced ground and air surveillance technology so that we can identify, track, outmaneuver and ultimately defeat those who seek to defeat our democratic and good way of life. They will witness and end their evil doings and terrible ways.
“I vow to mobilise the totality of our national security assets to protect all Nigerians from danger and from even the fear of that danger.”
Others at the rally were APC national leaders, governors, and lawmakers, among others.
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