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‘Monarchs won’t betray Yoruba for Jonathan’

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Aregbesola1Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola is the Southwest Coordinator of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Organisation. He told ABIODUN FANORO how the All Progressive Congress (APC) would win Saturday’s elections.

President Goodluck Jonathan’s visits to Southwest monarchs
THERE is no doubt about the political choice of the Yoruba race. We revere our traditional rulers without any doubt, and if you look at it, no person of the president’s status would request for a visit and be denied of such request.

So, on that score alone, one will understand the basis for the reception accorded him by the Obas; it is a reception that is really formal.

I do not see the political capital or gain for him if after six years in the saddle, there is nothing worthy of mention as the contribution of the administration, which he heads today. Is it physical development, economic growth and the social uplifting of the people? I think it was good entertainment for political observers to see the gyrations of those who are actually on the horses; the expectation from such a visit baffles me.

These stakeholders being met are not those that could really turn political fortunes around for the president. Should they even have such influence, for their own dignity, what would be the basis for wanting to so do?

Our Obas are dignified and respected, and they will never betray their people because of political expediency or monetary inducement.

APC’s plan to counter the voyage
APC is so strong here in the Southwest that any response to this putative effort will amount to nothing. This is nothing; it is not even a storm in the teacup. It is just a voyage of convenience without any importance at all. So, it won’t be appropriate to dignify it with a response or action.

On Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC)’s endorsement of Jonathan
First, let me disabuse the mind of the public and particularly my people in the Southwest region that those heavily-armed youths who marched through some streets in Lagos were not the true youths of Yoruba race, neither were they true members of the OPC. True sons and daughters of the Yoruba race are called Omoluwabi.

There is nowhere you will see Omoluwabi Yoruba armed with dangerous weapons, terrorizing the people and endangering their peace. If you have observed very well you would notice that there were so many non-Yoruba people among the protesters. Among them you had some popular actors from the South-south and the Southeast.

Our findings also revealed that the protesters were drawn from members of the FERMA (Federal Roads Maintenance Agency) cadets recruited by the PDP deceitfully for the purpose of giving them job but the truth is that they are to be used as agents of destabilization. They were those that were deployed that day. You remember when Musliu Obanikoro was protesting the alleged rigging of his governorship primary in favour of Jimi Agbaje, he made reference to the fact that the Chief Bode George’s group which is behind Agbaje, used FERMA cadets to destabilize the primary.

This does not in any way pose a threat to APC in the Southwest; we are going to win the region convincingly. Our people know that we are working in their interest. We have judiciously deployed and used the resources they put in our care to improve their welfare.

That is why today we have the courage to come to them not with cutlasses and guns or with intimidation; but with another round of pledges and promises as contained in our manifestoes; to ask for their votes.

What is however of great concern to us as a party and as a people is the fact that President Jonathan who is the Commander-in-Chief could watch as soldiers and men of the Nigeria Police supervised youths carrying live ammunitions not only terrorizing the peace of the city, but endorsing him.

This is where our fear lies; that APC would massively defeat President Jonathan in the Southwest is not in contention. Our fear is for the safety and security of our people with the presence of armed gang like this.

What APC and civilized people had expected the president to do is to immediately turn down the endorsement from an armed gang as a true lover of peace and as a leader who truly believes in the sanctity of the constitution he has sworn to uphold.

It is very unfortunate that the president has not condemned the action of these youths wielding live ammunitions while endorsing him.
This is no doubt novel in the politics of the Southwest and this is why the APC has decided to take the matter to the International Criminal Court, because this could be a dress rehearsal of what they would come with on the day of election.

On why defeated APC presidential aspirants are not visible in the Buhari campaigns
It is because everybody is working in his respective offices and stations. Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso is busy mobilizing in Kano. The votes of Kano are almost equal to that of a whole zone. I won’t mention any zone here. It is enough for him to be saddled with that engagement. And in all our major gatherings, he and other aspirants have been quite visible.

The party is solid and united for the epic battle coming up on March 28, which we are quite hopeful of winning by the grace of God.
Nobody could also deny the fact that Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, another APC presidential aspirant has been working relentlessly for the success of the party particularly in the Southeast and in Lagos State where there is a sizeable chunk of Ibo people.

On rumour that Atiku may go back to PDP
There is no iota of truth in that. It is just a rumour from the PDP rumour and propaganda mill. Atiku remains one of the pillars that hold the APC and he is solidly behind the party. Nobody is more desirous of change than him.

After our presidential primary, he has been attending most of the party’s leadership meetings as well as all other strategic meetings called to review the campaigns and to draw new ones.

Atiku’s meeting with Jonathan
The truth of the matter is that it is the president, out of desperation to remain in power at all cost, that is looking for the former Vice-president because of his political weight, especially in the north and in some other parts of the country. Remember that Atiku was already on his bed sleeping, only for him to be woken up by the president.

While that was on, the PDP was also busy working on another strategy of promoting a propaganda to deceive Nigerians that all is not well within the Atiku political family when it assembled some faceless impostors who claimed they were decamping from the Atiku camp to the PDP.

To show the world that he has nothing to hide and that he is a firm believer in the APC, the former VP came into the open in his interview with Sahara Reporter, to tell all that transpired at the night meeting.

The former VP, as a true party leader, a patriot, a builder and a democrat, immediately after the primary collapsed his political and campaign structures into the Buhari/Osibanjo team in demonstration of his unflinching loyalty to the party and commitment to its presidential aspiration. The result of this is what all of us are enjoying in the good performance of the Campaign’s Directorate of Media and Publicity, headed by Shehu Garba who is from the Atiku political family.



12 Comments
  • vic

    pay-up five months salaries of workers first from your recurrent vote meant for payment of salaries without diverting those funds for use elsewhere. be honest!

  • sammyo

    Aregbesola and APC are using Osun civil servants salary to finance Buhari/Osibajo election, they are all thieves and bunch of hoodlums. He is calling some people omoluwabi he himself have no reputation as he is only answering to his pay master where they are diverting the salaries of Osun state people to the account of THIEFNUBU in Lagos. Osun people it is only God that can save you oooooooooo from APC and diverted money. TINUBU is harvesting for the money FBI and American government took from him when he was doing his drug running with his wife in 1988/1989.

    • oloriakojo

      When this election is over…..i guess many misinformed Nigerians will realise the deep shit that we are in. The economy is so bad, the treasury is empty……….whether it is Buhari or Dumbo that wins…….there is hard work coming ……..the same way the Ekiti people are fast finding out that Dumbo Fayose is not the messiah they need………….they will eat the bag of rice they go for many months without salaries…….we shall see.

  • agbobu

    PLEASE YORUBAS THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY, JUST GRAB IT. . YOU SHOULD PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS BY SUPPORTING THE TICKET OF THE GRAND SON IN LAW OF THE GREAT PAPA AWO, PROFESSOR OSINBAJO FOR VICE PRESIDENT AND BUHARI FOR PRESIDENT. ANY THING OTHER THAN THIS IS NOT AN OPTION AND MAKES YOU A FAKE. EVERY TRUE YORUBA PERSON MUST SUPPORT THE TICKET OF BUHARI AND OSINBAJO. THIS WILL BRING GOVERNMENT AGAIN RIGHT ON YOUR DOOR STEP. YORUBA RONU

    • Ope

      you are a true patriot

  • Ayo

    Aregbe, pay Osun workers! You are very wicked. How can you withhold 6months salary of workers? You are diverting the money to campaign for Buhari. You have no idea, idiot!

    • oloriakojo

      it is a mystery how many of us think government must pay workers whether the money is there or not. The fact here is that Nigerian states are heavily dependent on the federal purse to run the states govts.

      The alternative is to raise taxes and i don’t think many of us will find this funny…..but we are one way or the other going to end up there……so be prepared.

      • sasga

        Why dont make ur point clear. Why OSun cant pay salary is because of the debt incurred not becos of our state over dependence on fed allocation. U re allocated 3b and u went for a credit of 200B with a mandate of monthly deduction of 2.8B tell me hw u intend to run the state and pay salaries. AREB is just reckless and has no future plans for OSUN people. This is synonymous to APC states. If they claim change lets see it in their states.

  • agbobu

    FACTOR THIS IN WHY WE MUST NOT VOTE FOR VERY CLUELESS AND VERY CORRUPT GOODLUCK JONATHAN IN THIS SATURDAY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. WITH GOODLUCK JONATHAN AS PRESIDENT WE DO NOT NEED AN ENEMY. THE MAN HAS PROVED TO BE A FAKE AND AN REPENTANT FRAUD.
    1. The Chibok Girls
    2. NNPC Scam
    3. Police pension fund
    4. Missing 20Billion
    5. $9million Arms deal
    6. Bomb Blasts
    7. Immigration job scam
    8. Petroleum pump price
    9. Devaluation of Naira
    10. Oil theft
    11. Perpetual Power outage
    12. Selling of NEPA to cronies and no results.
    13. Selling of Refineries
    14. Skyrocketed NEPA Bills
    15. ASUU, Judiciary & ASUP Strike
    16. Doctors Strike
    17. National Assembly tragedy
    19. Stella Oduah Aviation Scam
    20. Kerosene subsidy
    21. Insurgency institutionalisation
    22. Pardon granted to treasury looters
    22. Asked to declare assets… Response ..’Idont give a damn’!
    23. Asked questions on Economy..Response.. ‘Iam not in charge’
    24. Refusal to meet Chibok girls parents untilPakistan’s Malala Yusuf intervened.
    25. Foreign reserve depletion
    26. Nigeriha’s debt paid by Obasanjo. NowNigeria is back into debt!
    27. Not a single criminal in govt has beenapprehended or prosecuted
    28. Quote of the year: Stealing is notCorruption! (That from a PhD holder Pres.GEJ)

    29. Commander in Chief of Armed Forcewho couldn’t visit Borno, Yobe
    andAdamawa to commiserate with the people butwent there to campaign!
    30. Alleged cover up of the sum of $700 million cash found at Petroleum Minister Denziene Madueke;
    31.$500m Dollars Farm in AFCT;
    32.$10,000 Dollars gift to all Kings;
    33.1billion annual food budget;
    34.10 Personal Private Jets;
    35.
    $50m Arms in SA etc….WHAT OTHER PROOF DO YOU NEED TO PLEASE VOTE WISELY?

  • Gabriel

    Is there a Yoruba party? I think all parties are national and people will vote for personalities and programmes as is expected in a true democracy. What is this idea of betrayal? Is there a Yoruba party?

  • Sunshine

    Fashola Yoruba Agbaje Yoruba. Do people not have a civil right to belong to which ever party they want to???? The monarchs are very read and intelligent people do you not think that you Aregbesola is been irresponsible by insulting them. This is an insult as far as I am concerned. Why should we be prejudiced in our own country? We are looking for change and change is coming and people are moaning. This is what democracy is all about. I gathered you are owing workers salaries, you have an urgent issues at hand. Go and settle them man.

  • Sunshine

    Are we abroad now where it is between Whites and Blacks? There is what is called equal opportunity. Live every man to their opinion. There is no child here.