By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- Chairman of Steering Committee of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Tuesday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of selling a dummy to Nigerians with a promise to restructure the country if elected in the 2015 election.
Prince Oyinlola who dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2017 alongside other bigwigs over alleged marginalization urged Nigerians to vote massively for Atiku in order to bring back prosperity, peace and a stable economy.
Speaking at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential rally in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, the former governor said when they were campaigning for Buhari in 2015, restructuring was one of the major planks the campaign was anchored on, lamenting however that the President soon abandoned the initiative after winning the election.
He chided President Buhari for failing to fulfil the key campaign promise he made that lured Nigerians into voting for him.
He said, “We have to be conscious of the fact that we have been deceived. When Buhari was coming to government, he promised and told us that one of his cardinal focus was restructuring. When he came to power, he told us that he does not know or understand the meaning of restructuring. That is a clean, clear deceit.
“He promised us security. When he came in, we had problem with Boko Haram in Borno state, but today there is hardly any part of the country where security challenges are not present. It has come to a point where a governor is asking for emergency rule. In fact the governor of Katsina state lamented that he is overwhelmed with security situation.
“If Buhari cannot provide security in his own state, do you think he would provide it in Osun state? That is why I’m telling you that we should think and vote the man who knew restructuring from the beginning. That is Abubakar Atiku.”
Also speaking, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, in a veiled reference to what happened during the Osun governorship election, said Nigerians will never again permit the theft of their votes, under any guise.
“Never again will they steal the mandate of the people, never again will they seal the mandate of Osun state. They stole it temporarily but by the grace of God that will be restored.
“We warn the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the security agencies to be neutral.
“Now you have to be prepared to vote and defend your vote as all Nigerians vote will count. All your votes will count, no rigging at all. On the 16th of February, don’t just vote Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but vote all the PDP candidates, ” Secondus said.
He welcomed on behalf of the party the new Acting Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, urging him to “clean up the mess of the former IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
“We encourage you to serve Nigerians and the institutions to protect the people and not to secure a section of people, not to secure a cabal, but to secure all Nigerians,” he added.