The Buhari/Osibajo Campaign Organisation has alleged that thieves have ganged-up against the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government in the country, noting that this year’s general elections will be between the rich and the poor.
The organisation’s Director General, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, who is the Minister of Transport, made the claim yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State at the inauguration of APC ward canvassers ahead of 2019 general elections.
Re-echoing President Muhammadu Buhari’s allegation few months ago that some elite and a gang of political thieves were up in arms against the APC-led federal government, the minister said those he referred to as ‘thieves’ were working hard to forestall the APC from cleaning the mess they created for 16 years.
In apparent reference to the main opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Ameachi said the electorate, whom he described as largely poor Nigerians, must come out en mass during the general elections to confront those political parties that are working collectively against the ruling APC.
He urged the electorate to use the most effective weapon in their possession- their vote- to chase out the ‘thieves’ thereby overthrow them take back government, noting that a major of ensuring the thieves were no way near the government coffers was by massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC candidates in the forthcoming elections.
“We are gathered here today to peacefully take over power from the rich and hand over to the poor. That is what APC stands for. We join the poor to say we must take power from the rich. We join the poor to say ‘enough is enough.’
“The elite and the thieves have ganged-up against APC. But they don’t have the power because they don’t have the number. The number is with the poor and the poor must rise to vote on that day.
“This election is between the rich and the poor. Now the poor have realized that they are tired. If at the end of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government we had $58 billion, where is the money now? How much did state governments collect? How much did the Federal Government collect? What did they do with the money?
“When I was a student at the University of Port Harcourt I predicted that one day the poor will rise. It will get to a point when the poor will begin to eat big men. What you are seeing in Kwara is a modern Tunisia. It was a poor man that started the Arab Spring in Tunisia. Today Kwara is leading the revolution to change Nigeria. Power must return to the poor. One problem we all have is that even we the poor are being deceived by them.
“Big men are in all the parties o! The difference between other parties and ours is that the big men in our party are all progressives. Other parties don’t care, they want to even collect what the poor is eating from them.”
He said the general elections offer them the needed lifetime opportunity for the down trodden masses in kwara state and Nigeria as a whole to liberate themselves from the age-long oppression of the rich by voting for the candidates of All Progressives Congress, APC saying that enough is enough.
Earlier, the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the canvassers would reach out to people and ensure that they are well informed on how to vote out those that have held them captive for years.
He said the presence of a large number of persons was clear a demonstration of the people’s resolve to rescue the state from “those who have held it by the jugular, those who have pauperized our people, the pathologically-dishonest ones who govern by deceit.”
“Gathered here today are 1,872 canvassers representing the 18,720 canvassers. That is one canvasser per each polling unit across the 193 wards in Kwara State. We are also inaugurating today 193 ward co-ordinators, 193 ward secretaries, 193 ward women leaders and 193 ward youth leaders.