By Luka Binniyat and Levinus Nwabughiogu
KADUNA – Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Kaduna said that the presidential candidate of the party, General Mohammadu would draw a line between his relationship with party members and governance when elected president.
He spoke against the impressions in some quarters that most of the members of APC who share affinity with Buhari were also corrupt.
Osinbajo who presided over a town hall meeting between the APC leaders and religious leaders in the north west zone of the country on behalf of his principal in Kaduna state capital also cleared the air on Buhari’s tenure, assuring he will “by the grace of God run two terms in office”.
The response essentially followed questions from the members of audience who were a mix of Muslim and Christain clerics on whether Buhari had actually pledged to do just one term should he win.
He said: “On the various issue of corruption, what General Buhari has said categorically is that as far as he is concerned, the day he is sworn-in as president, he would have drawn a line. Anybody who runs foul of the law, anything that is been investigated before will continue as it is.
“If you are found to be corrupt, you will receive the consequence, no matter who you are. Whether you are his brother, sister, his friends there will be consequences. That is what he has said and I think that is in line with the position of the party.”
“He is just to straight forward to do that. You know he can never do that. There is no way is going to sign any agreement, so let us be very clear. I don’t even need to ask him that. Buhari will never be part of any under hand deal. I know him well enough that he will never sign anything of such. The man is healthy and strong and by the grace of God, he will run two terms in office”, he said.
Asked to clarify his widely rumored agreement with the national elder of the APC, Mr. Ahmed Bola Tinubu to resign from office after 6 months, Osinbajo said that such speculation only domiciled in the imaginations of the peddlers.
“Do not take any of these things seriously at all. By God’s grace, we will win election and you will observe for yourself”, he said.
On the controversy trailing use of card reader, Osibanjo said that the position of the party was the same as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC which has said that there was no going back on the use of the card reader.
He faulted the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP for being unnecessary paranoia.
He said: “The PDP that is in the past was happy to use the card reader is no longer prepared to use the card reader and we insist that it must be used. That is all. And if you look in the Newspapers, you will see all kind of advertisements condemning Professor Jega who they all loved initially. But when it now appears that we the APC will win the election, they are now afraid.”
“It is bad and horrible that even some of our documentaries which just point out the failings of government are not allowed by the regulatory body. We are not even attacking any personality the way they are doing, but the regulatory body refuses to accept them, so we have a play field that is not level.
” I think because the regulatory bodies are controlled by the federal government, we are not even given fear hearing.
Earlier in his welcome address, Governorship candidate of APC in Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, hinted that the essence of the town hall meeting was to interact with the religious leaders in the North-west geopolitical zone.
He expressed optimism that with the massive support and interest Nigerians have shown in the APC, the party was sure of winning the elections.
Expressing their views while asking questions, some religious leaders who spoke at the event tasked the politicians on peaceful election.
“Why can’t we leave in peace? Both muslim and Christian are one? Whatever a Christian woman has, a Muslim woman also has, likewise men. So, I am appealing to everyone in this country to embrace peace to the extend that America and other countries will come and copy from us.” One of the pastors said.
Some APC leaders who graced the occasion were the APC national chariman chief John Oyegun, Deputy Chairman (North) Shuibu, party governorship candidates in Kaduna, Bauchi and Kebbi among others.