By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsuru Olowoopejo
LAGOS—THE Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, yesterday, urged the South West to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election saying the region has more to gain by re-electing Buhari.
Fashola said this while inaugurating 5000 foot soldiers for the campaign of Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos.
His words: “As a South West indigene, I will vote for the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket because my people stand to gain more from it,” fashola said.
He said that the re-election of Buhari would guarantee that power would come to the South West in 2023.
“The South West is at present occupying the position of the vice president. We have three sitting ministers and many different federal appointments from the present administration which we cannot afford to lose.
“The APC has done more in three years than 16 years of PDP administration, yet they say President Buhari is too slow. President Buhari is taking Nigeria to the next level. We are going to the Next Level.
“The 2019 presidential election is a choice between going back and moving forward to the next level and also a choice of whom Nigerians can trust with their money.
“Buhari has inaugurated a structural infrastructure fund for road construction. N15 billion has been released for the rehabilitation of Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“There is need for the progress to continue. Dubai was built with oil-money; Nigeria can be built with it too. The past administration squandered oil revenue.
“Federal Government is constructing at least one road in every state in Nigeria. We are also constructing houses in 34 states in Nigeria.
“We have collected 690 containers for the construction of 90 transmission stations and through our policy of mini grids, our markets now have uninterrupted power supply.
“In the last 3 years we have constructed 40 kilometres of roads per year. In 2015, the total number of roads completed nationwide was 80 kilometres. In 2016 after we took over, we completed, 274 kilometres of road, 478 kilometres in 2017 and 474 kilometres in 2018.
“Electric generation has moved from 4000 Megawatts that we met to 7000MW. That’s an increase of 3000MW, an average of 1000MW a year. We have started an IPP in 9 universities in Nigeria. We have accelerated the distribution of meters by outsourcing it to distributors.”
Notable personalities present at the event were the lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa; former Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa; former Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Matters, Mr. Oyinlomo Danmole; former Chief of Staff to Fashola, Chief Lanre Babalola; and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and former Deputy Governor in Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.