National leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have declared that the regionalism and politics of ethnic sentiments will not determine who wins the 2015 general elections, saying a progressive government that would guarantee jobs for unemployed Nigerians, provide basic amenities and wipe-out corruption at all levels of governance will shape the voting pattern of electorate.
These were the submissions of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, at an event to mark the sixth anniversary of the latter, held at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium yesterday, in Benin City.
In his own speech, Hon Aminu Tambuwal urged Nigerians to shun politics of ethnic and religious sentiments in the 2015 general elections and vote for candidates capable of bringing desired changes to the country.
Governor Oshiomhole challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to show what his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has done in Edo state, saying the President only came to the state to commission a resurfaced existing Ofosu-Benin axis of an expressway, which was constructed by a military regime.
The Governor said the President’s Sure-P programme is simply a ‘Sure fraud’, whereby huge sums of money is handed to an individual to disburse at will without record, saying the war against corruption by the current government at the federal level can be likened to a gun that fires shots without casualties.
A leader of the APC and former Governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu restated his call for President Jonathan to resign, saying on the President’s watch, soldiers are fleeing without firing a shot and abandoning complete barracks with armouries for the enemy to loot.
Oshiomhole stressed, “To fall is to collapse; to fall is to speak in the language of soldiers. When they have used the force of firearms to overcome their enemies and they capture them with the aid of guns after killing many, they can say that the territory has fallen
“So, is the President going to use the Armed Forces to fall the people of Edo State? I want to put him on notice that Edo State is not an enemy territory to be felled by Armed Forces and the Commander-in-Chief must not target Edo for falling. Edo will stand and march on.
“On the contrary, APC will defeat the President in Bayelsa State; APC will defeat PDP in Rivers state, Cross River state, Delta state and bury PDP in Edo state.
Oshiomhole said, “What is the scorecard of the PDP in Edo state and in Nigeria? The PDP has commissioned the resurfacing of Ofosu to Benin Road in a period of 16 years. That is all PDP has to show in Edo state for over a period of 16 years. The PDP federal government controls 52.8 % of declared federal collections and Edo state’s share of that 52.8 %; all they have to show in 16 years is the resurfacing of Ofosu-Benin old carriage way.
On his part, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said the APC will sweep Jonathan out of office if he refuses to go. He said: “If you refuse to go, we will sweep you away”, adding that the APC will prove to the PDP that the power of the people is greater than the barrel of the gun.
He accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of being an arm of the PDP, saying “INEC and PDP are Siamese twins; but APC will separate them.”
Goodwill messages were also delivered by former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun among others.
The occasion was graced by Gen. Buhari (rtd), Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Ali Wamakko of Sokoto state, the Deputy Governor of Kwara state, Elder Peter Kisira, former Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Timipre Sylvia, former Governor of Ekiti state, Chief Niyi Adebayo, Federal House of Representative members, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uyi Igbe, Edo state House of Assembly members, market women, students, civil society groups amongst others.