Buhari mocks PDP, others as Ngige embarrasses party at Ekiti rally
President Muhammadu Buhari chided the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the 38 members of the recently formed Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) saying their gang up cannot unseat the APC in any way.
He was in Ekiti to lead the campaign rally for Kayode Fayemi who is flying the flag of the party in Saturday’s guber election. He urged Ekiti people to vote massively for Fayemi whom he said is tested and trusted.
The rally which attracted a huge crowd however recorded a major casualty in Freudian slip as Labour minister and APC chieftain, Dr. Chris Ngige, began campaigning for the incumbent governor of the state and PDP member Ayodele Fayose, urging Ekiti people to vote for Fayose in the election.
It was a slip of tongue which drew thunderous disapproval from the crowd. He quickly corrected himself but the PDP is already making a huge political capital out of it by sending the video clip of the slip into the social media space. It has been trending since Tuesday.
President in his remark listed the achievements of the APC federal government thus:
The APC Government has executed 13 Federal Roads and Intervention Projects in Ekiti State. Some have already been completed and some are near completion.
Those roads that have been completed at the cost of N766,739,968.37 are;
The construction of infrastructure, Roads Drainages and Asphalt Finishing at IKERE EKITI.
The construction of infrastructure, Roads Drainages and Asphalt Finishing at NATIONAL HOUSING PROGRAMME SITES.
The completion of emergency Repairs of failed sections of IFAKI – IKOLE – OMUO Road and;
The completion of emergency repairs of failed sections of IFAKI – IDO Road, while the Rehabilitation of EFON ALAAYE-ERINMO-IWARAJA road is 87% completed.
In addition, other Road projects ongoing in the State are; Rehabilitation of ADO-IFAKI-OTUN road; Repairs of IJEBU-IJESHA ROAD; Rehabilitation of ILA-ORANGUN-OKE ILA –ILALE-EKAN Road; Rehabilitation and Asphalt Overlay/construction of Reinforced Concrete Drains and Kerbs of 1.33km internal roads in Federal University, Oye, amongst others.
These roads are being handled by 13 different contractors, providing more employment to the people of Ekiti state.
You are all aware that Ekiti State has been operating without a Federal Secretariat. The APC-led Administration has also AWARDED the construction of a Federal Secretariat Complex in Ekiti to accommodate Federal Staff, and ensure that the state no longer operates without a Federal Secretariat as she has done since the creation of the State.
In addition to these laudable projects and employment opportunities, the APC government has also extended the National Housing Programme to the people of Ekiti State.
This National Housing Programme being handled by 16 contractors is not only beneficial in terms of accommodation, but also providing gainful employment. The suppliers of materials for this project are from Ekiti State, while the site work, electrical, plumbing, welding etc, are all carried out by the people of Ekiti State. This Administration desires to provide more employment opportunities to the people of Ekiti State and Nigeria at large.
There has been an unprecedented number of Federal political appointments of Ekiti indigenes in the state.
Ekiti State is also one of the Beneficiaries of our Social Investment Programmes, which include – N-Power, Homegrown School Feeding; Conditional Cash Transfer and Micro-credit finance for traders. We have also done several tranches of Bail-Out Fundsand Paris Club Refunds.
In spite of the fact that the current administrations in Ekiti State and the Federal Government belong to opposing political parties, we have always ensured the State got her fair share in the allocation of resources, the siting of federal projects, and the selection of beneficiaries of federal government programmes. We will never play politics with the welfare of the people of Ekiti or any other State regardless of the partisan affiliation of the government of the day.
May I, again, clear the air on the issue of herdsmen and farmers’ conflicts, on which many politicians in their mischievous attitude have been blackmailing me and the APC-led administration, purporting that I have not taken any action on the issue because I am a Fulani man. This is cheap blackmail. Like I said recently, the protection of lives and property of Nigerians is my responsibility. This, I have vowed to do, and will stick to the oath of office. I assure you that measures are being taken to ensure lasting solutions.
I, therefore, call on Ekiti people! Don’t allow yourself to be insulted by stomach infrastructure. Your future and the future of the upcoming generations are in your hands today. Vote for APC and grow beyond Stomach Infrastructure.
The time has come to correct historical injustice and restore Ekiti State to the path of peace and prosperity. The whole country looks to Ekiti to do the right thing by voting for the APC candidate in the election this Saturday, July 14, as you commence the journey to Reclaiming Your Land and Restoring Your Values.