Former head of state, Gen Muhammad Buhari (retd) and national leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Sentor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday condemned the rising wave of killing by the Boko Haram sect.
The party leaders, who were in Ado-Ekiti to present the party flag to Governor Kayode Fayemi as standard bearer for the June 21 governorship election, said it was rather sad and grievous how the blood of innocent Nigerians was being shed by the insurgents.
Buhari, who spoke against the wave of killings in Nigeria, said APC has competent hands to turn around the fortunes of the country, particularly, at this critical period when the nation is at the crossroad.
“APC has competent hands to steer the ship of the nation. It is a party I believe and have conviction that can bring Nigeria out of its present situation”, Buhari said.
Tinubu, who spoke on the same issue, said “APC is the cure to Nigeria’s headache in the areas of unemployment, killings, ineptitude and in Ekiti State. Kayode Fayemi is the doctor. I don’t have to sell Fayemi to you again because his landmark achievements in all facets have shown his values.
“You have nothing to fear on the day of election. No police or soldier can intimidate you because it is we Nigerians that pay their salaries. The June 21 election is an opportunity for you to show to the PDP that it has been rejected by Nigerians.”
Speaking on behalf of the APC governors, Governor Rochas Okorocha, his counterparts in Osun, Rauf Aregbesola and Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State, said their support for Fayemi was borne out of his solid and enduring legacies in Ekiti in the last four years.
Okorocha, who particularly rued the level of carnage in the northern part of the country, said “Nigerians must reject the PDP in all elections. If not for the fact that Fayemi has identified interest to be governor of Ekiti State, he is qualified to be governor anywhere in the country”, he said.
Governor Fayemi, who commended the people for their support, said Ekiti cannot afford to impose mediocrity on itself in the name of politics, expressing confidence that he will triumph over his challengers in the June 21 poll.
He said he has been able to run a government that has impacted positively on the lives of the people in the last three and half years rather than what was obtainable in the past. Fayemi said, “What we have been able to achieve in this first term are not my achievements alone; they are yours as well. In the past close to four years, what we have seen are the first fruits of what can happen when we pull together and work together. By the grace of God and with your invaluable help, we are once again lifting the flag of our great party to run in the gubernatorial race, and we are confident you will give us your vote.
“Elections are choices and as we prepare for the polls to be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, it is important that we understand that the elections will go beyond merely choosing between people or parties. They are about choosing the principles that we want to define us and what sort of Ekiti State we want to build. Consequently, the governorship elections will confront us with an ideological and amoral choice.”