Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the recent wave of defections from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to opposition parties was part of a desperation by certain politicians who had looted the nation’s treasury to destabilise the party and stage a comeback.
He therefore urged Nigerians to resist the temptation of returning “looters” to power, asserting that “as long as an honest person like Buhari remains in power, there will be no more stealing”.
Osinbajo spoke yesterday in Daura at an APC grand rally for its candidate in Saturday’s Katsina North Senatorial by-election, Ahmad Baba-Kaita.
The seat became vacant following the death last April of Senator Bukar Mustapha. The primary election held recently produced Ahmad Babba-Kaita, a serving member of the House of Representatives, (APC Kusada/Ingawa/Kankia Federal Constituency), as the party’s candidate.
His major challenger for the by-election tomorrow is Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Kabir Babba-Kaita. Coincidentally, the two candidates in the election are brothers.
The rally which held at the Kangiwa Square also had a number of other APC chieftains in attendance. They include its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, his counterpart from Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, among several others.
Osinbajo said, “in spite of the little resources we receive compared to what the past administration got, we have been able to do more for the country since the inception of this government.”
He urged the people of the Daura to vote for the APC candidate on Saturday, “because the north has majority senators at the National Assembly and we want to retain that majority.
“You know that Katsina is the home of Mr. President, it means that a vote for Kaita is a vote for Buhari and you should also vote the APC candidate in memory of the late Mustapha Bukar,” he said.
On his part, Oshiomhole also rallied support for Kaita and for Buhari, ahead the 2019 general elections, stressing that “there are thieves in Abuja who are bent on destroying this country but we know that
“Kaita will not join them when he goes to the Senate.
“The thieves have left the APC but if they had stayed, we would have chased them away.”
Also addressing the rally, Masari said that, “those people troubling Nigeria, those looting the Treasury and politicians who do not mean well for this country will not find it easy with Buhari.
“All Buhari’s efforts are aimed at bringing about change in the quality of life for all of us.”
For Ganduje, “the foundation for growth and development of Nigeria was laid here in Daura through the emergence of Buhari as President.
“If you want to join the moving train, then vote Babba Kaita and don’t join the train of looters,” the Kano governor said.