The National Leader, of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s trustworthiness is what distinguishes him as the candidate to beat in the 2019 presidential elections.
Tinubu argued that the character of the two presidential candidate front runners — President Buhari and ex-VP Atiku Abubakar — could not be more distinct.
“President Buhari is a straight and honest man. Leave a Naira on the table with Buhari in the room. You will find the Naira on the table when you return.
“When Buhari says ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ you know where he stands. He means what he says, no more, no less.
“With Atiku, things are more nuanced. This shows he has no vision for the nation except the naked pursuit of power for the naked use of that power,” Tinubu said.
Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday via a statement by his Media Officer, Mr. Tunde Rahman, the ex-Governor also assured President Muhammadu Buhari that the party’s campaign council has accepted the assignment given to it by the President and would work for the country.
“We accept President Buhari’s Assignment,” Tinubu said in a statement by his Media Officer, Mr. Tunde Rahman, in Lagos, noting that the council would not let President Buhari down. Tinubu, also the Co-Chair of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council, said that letting Buhari down would also let down the nation.
He said he had, therefore, rallied members of the campaign council, with the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as Director-General for the task ahead.
He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party should not be allowed to return to power and “return to the days where they ruled the nation like overlords.”
“I think I can speak for all members of the campaign council that we accept the assignments given by the President with devotion and a firm commitment to perform to our utmost, individually and collectively, on the tasks given.
“It is a great honour and responsibility he has given us. We dare not let him down because doing so would also let down the nation.
“This election concerns more than two competing personalities and political parties. It is a contest between two different visions for the country and the futures these visions portend.
“The APC seeks a better Nigeria by reforming our institutions of governance that these institutions may better implement policies engendering dynamic economic development.
“We seek not only growth but also a fair and just allocation to all segments of society of the harvest of our national endeavours.
“Let no Nigerian be forever trapped in poverty and despair. Let all Nigerians be given the genuine opportunity to realise their full potential and contribute to this nation and their own lives as much as their talents and will power permit of them.
“We build a Nigeria where government leads the nation but does not rule over the people,” he said.
Tinubu said that PDP pushed toward a future that took the nation back to the malpractices of the past, blind to the possibilities of a better day and afraid of the equality that true reform would bring.
He said that PDP remained vested in the ways of corrupt governance and arrogant disregard for the public.
“For them, the unjust past is not just the object of their dreams; it is their sole destination.
“Thus, this election is about two different visions and two different models of leadership. This election is about substantive issues and about character,” he said.
“We are building needed infrastructure, including electricity and water because we realise a national economy cannot grow beyond the capacity of the infrastructure that serves it.
“Meanwhile, the PDP clan wants to return to the days where they rule the nation like overlords. They want to own every industry and control everything that has anything to do with the creation of wealth.
“They seek to reverse the democratic maxim that government is the servant of the people. The PDP wants a situation where those in government are the masters while the people bow their heads to the interests of the mighty and the rich.
“We have seen this before. Those who really care about Nigeria care not to see such malign governance again,” he said.
The APC National Leader said that Atiku had his chance to shine as Vice-President when he controlled the privatisation programme of the Obasanjo government.
According to Tinubu, Atiku abused this assignment and helped squander billions of dollars on power generation that did nothing but extended the nation’s darkness.
“We should not reward him by giving him another eight years.
“As the PDP candidate, he is now the leader of an avaricious horde that seeks to reattach its mandible once again to the public wealth and forever lay siege to our nation’s future.
“Nigerians will do well not to pay them any attention,” he said.
Tinubu promised that members of the APC presidential campaign council would work diligently to re-elect President Buhari.
“We do this, not for personal accolades. We do this, not merely to re-elect a party member. We do this because it is the best thing for Nigeria.
“The campaign has begun!” Tinubu noted.