The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola SAN, says the South-West has more to gain by re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election than voting for the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Fashola, who was in Lagos on Tuesday for the inauguration of 5000 foot soldiers for the campaign of Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the South-West already had high-status appointments in the current administration.
He said that the promise of the Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF, slot by the PDP was not enough for the South-West to lose the positions it is currently occupying at the federal level.
The Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, had stated that the position of the SGF would be given to the South-West, if Atiku emerged as president in 2019.
“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 presently 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.,” he said.
The Minister explained that although the APC promised change In 2014, the party did not promise to do it in four years.
According to him, “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,” the former Lagos governor stated.