By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado Ekiti-A group under the auspices of Buhari/Osinbajo National Support Committee, has said that the alleged corruption that characterised the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the country would make it difficult for its candidate, Atiku Abubakar to win the 2019 election.
The group insisted that the only choice that can sustain the existing national cohesion and peace remains President Muhammadu Buhari.
It said the unrelenting effort and commitment to fight corruption and make Nigerians regain their respect in the Committee of nations make Buhari a sellable candidate.
The Buhari group insisted that it would be a grave mistake for PDP to return to power and begin their alleged plundering of the treasury four years after it lost out to APC in power struggle .
The group’s National Adviser, Southwest zone and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu spoke on Wednesday in Ayede Ekiti while interacting with party members across the 56 wards in Ekiti North to mark Christmas festivity.
Osinkolu appealed that APC members should forget the crises that dogged the primaries in Ekiti and work for the victory of President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
In the same vein, Osinkolu also persuaded the aggrieved members of the party to embrace the ongoing reconciliation moves of the party and work for the victory of the senatorial, House of representatives and House of assembly candidates in the elections .
He contended that four years was too short a period to rate the capacity of President Buhari to deliver democratic dividends to Nigerians, saying according him the second term opportunity would afford the president the benefit to consolidate the gains of democracy for Nigerians.
“The PDP itself knew that the issue of corruption will work against Atiku, because up to now, no court had cleared him of the allegations that the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)and Bureau of Public Enterprises(BPE) put under him as Vice President under Olusegun
Obasanjo’s administration were not badly managed.
“Under PDP 16 years rein, where Atiku served as Vice President, a sum of $16b was spent on power sector, despite Nigeria was in darkness.
“Nigerians voted against PDP in 2015 elections because of corruption and they brought President Buhari, a man they could trust. So, the salient question is, has PDP changed? Nigerians can’t return to the era when our monies were being looted by few people.
“President Buhari promised that Nigeria’s monies will be for Nigerians and he is doing just that. It will be a great miscalculation for Nigerians who suffered for 16 years under PDP to turn around and bring the party back to power, I know such would not happen because Nigerians are wiser now”, he said.
Osinkolu said he has put the crisis caused by alleged manipulation of the senatorial primary in Ekiti North behind him in the interest of the party.
“I urge all my supporters across the 56 wards from Ekiti North to work for the party, because I know that division will only weaken the party and reduce its strength ahead of the forthcoming election.
“Our leader and governor , Dr. Kayode Fayemi won the 2018 governorship election because APC was united and you saw what happened to PDP that was polarized in the same election, so unity is key to our success in 2019.
“As for me, I won’t betray APC or do anything that could create crisis for Governor Fayemi, because APC remains one indissoluble family”.
Also speaking at the event, former Senator representing the zone, Mr. Olubunmi Adetumbi and ex-APC State Publicity Secretary, Hon Taiwo Olatunbosun praised Osinkolu for his steadfastness and loyalty to the party, urging other members to emulate the gesture .