30th January, 2015
The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired Maj.-Gen.Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday said he would prioritise tackling of insecurity in the country, if elected.
Addressing party faithful at the party’s presidential campaign rally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Buhari said that there could be no development in a state of insecurity.
“Whatever we are going to do, we have to secure Nigeria first. What we are witnessing in the North-East where people are being killed is not acceptable.
“We know the Nigerian military is capable of bringing peace and stability to this country. They need to be given the leadership and that is what I promise, if elected,” he said.
The APC presidential candidate also promised to fix the country’s infrastructure deficit and strengthen the nation’s economy, if given the mandate.
Buhari, who described corruption as an albatross to any nation’s development, promised to tackle the menace.
He promised to create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the country and also to give special infrastructural support to Lagos, being a former capital if elected.
The presidential candidate urged Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to enable them perform their civic duty.
A national leader of the party, Chief Bola Tinubu, described Buhari as competent, qualified, reliable and a truthful candidate.
Tinubu, the immediate past governor of Lagos State, said “one man that has been competent, brilliant, and steadfast and advocate of the poor is Buhari,” he said.
According to him, it is patriotism that made Buhari to decide to contest in the presidential election.
Tinubu said that Buhari would have chosen to go and rest but chose to contest for the love of the country.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo said that politics should not be based on religion or tribe.
“We must not play politics of religion and tribal issues,” Okorocha said.
Mr Segun Oni, South-West Vice-Chairman of the party, said governors in the states under the party’s control would declare two work-free days to enable residents collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC).
Oni, who did not ascertain the actual dates that would be declared, said the work free days would provide residents with busy work schedules the opportunity to get their cards.
The party’s stalwart urged residents in the concerned states and all eligible Nigerians to collect their cards, saying it was their power to make the desired change.
“Your PVC is your ticket to change Nigeria. Your PVC is your ticket to end unemployment. Your PVC is your ticket to end insecurity and bring about the desired change.
“In the next couple of days, we will declare two working days in the states governed by our party to enable residents in the states obtain their PVCs.
” So I urge residents of the concerned states and indeed all Nigerians to obtain their PVCs because it is their ticket to bring about change, “he said.
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and his Edo counterpart, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole also addressed the crowd, saying the APC was poised to improve all the sectors of the country’s economy.
NAN reports that the campaign, which drew a massive crowd, witnessed the presentation of the party’s flags to the state governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, and national assembly candidates by the party’s national chairman.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 10 people were injured during a brief stampede at the rally.
NAN reports that the stampede occurred when a group of thugs brandishing weapons invaded the venue and caused people to scamper to safety.
Those who sustained injuries such as fractures were those who were trampled upon by the panicky crowd.
Normalcy was returned shortly later by policemen who chased the thugs out of the venue even as APC leader, Sen Bola Tinubu described the thugs as agents sent to disrupt the rally.