2019: It’s between forces of retrogression and masses — Osinbajo

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said the battle for next year’s presidential election is between the forces of retrogression and the masses.

Osinbajo spoke at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari support groups in Abuja.

“Come February 2019 the APC will by the grace of God win the general elections. We will return President Muhammadu Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a second term.

“The election will be a historic one ….it is a battle between those who want our country’s resources to be used for our country and her people, and those who want to privatize the commonwealth,” he said.

He said the man who stands against the forces of retrogression but with the future of our children is the man called Muhammadu Buhari.

“He is not perfect man, but he is an honest and truthful man. A man who wants to use the resources of this country for the common man,” he said.

He said between 2010 and 2014 the Nation earned $383bn, the highest amount ever in the country’s history from oil.

“Just to compare in the same period we have earned less than $112 billion. But where are the roads, the rail, the power?  When we came into office over 22 states were owing between 3 to 6 months salaries. President insisted we must support the States to pay.

“Yet when we came into office oil was down to 30 dollars a barrel we are earning 60% less than the previous government, yet in the past three years we have spent 2.7 trillion on infrastructure the highest in the history of the country. How?

“We are not stealing the money. We are using it for the people. So today we are doing major roads in 36 states, Lagos Kano railway, Warri Aladja, Mambilla, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri….We are feeding 9.2 million Children every day, we are giving 2million petty traders a better deal in life with Tradermoni, we have now employed 500,000 graduate under the NPower programme, we are giving at least 400,000 of the poorest Nigerians N5,000 a month. How because Buhari is the gate keeper he has stopped grand corruption,” he said.

“The fear of Buhari makes people desperate even crazy. So now they say he is Jubrin from Sudan. If you can’t discredit him say he doesn’t exist! They were all alive and well when Pastor Adeboye went to London and prayed for him the day before he returned to Nigeria. How will one Jubrin sit in FEC and conduct meetings, consult with his ministers, speak to me daily! Their strategy is simple if you tell a lie often enough some will believe you….” he said.

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