The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday, 30th January, 2015 accused President Goodluck Jonathan of squandering about $35billion of oil revenue which accrued to his government since its inception.
Aregbesola was quoted as speaking in Lagos on Friday, 30th January, 2015 at the Lagos edition of the Presidential rally which saw the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari; his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu;, and others reminding the huge crowd that the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration have brought Nigeria to its knees.
Aregbesola, who is also the southwest Coordinator of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaigns, said it’s either Nigerians wanted misery, poverty, insecurity and other indices of misrule to continue or they want to put a halt to them.
“The issues involved in the 2015 election are not many at all. It is about sustenance of poverty and abolition of poverty. If you are interested in being poor, if you are interested in misery, if you are interested in hardship, vote PDP,” Aregbesola, in a release by his media aide, Semiu Okanlawon, was quoted as saying.
He continued, “But if you believe there must be an end to poverty, if you believe there must be end to hardship, if you believe that there must be an end to backwardness, the only choice in Nigeria today is APC.”
Accusing the Jonathan administration of squandering the nation’s wealth, the Osun State Governor said “Under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan, at about average cost of 80 dollars per barrel, Nigeria has earned about $35billion of oil and what have we to show for it? Nothing! Poverty unemployment, hunger, insecurity, and what have you. That is why we say all the time that it is bye to all these shenanigans.”
The governor also said that the insecurity challenge in the country has robbed Nigeria of a sizeable part of its whole noting that Jonathan cannot today boast of having under his control, the same size of Nigeria that he inherited some six years ago.
He said, “About six years ago, when President Jonathan inherited the Presidency of Nigeria, Nigeria was a peaceful united nation. But within the six years of his presidency, a whole chunk of Nigeria is out of Nigeria. Do you want that to continue? When President came with his name, our better luck became bad luck. APC promises best luck.”
Gen Buhari, while speaking, assured the supporters and all Nigerians of good governance under his watch.
He said the government of the PDP has bled Nigeria to coma just as he urged all to ensure collection of their voters’ cards.
Former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said the issue of Buhari’s ambition and readiness to serve has moved beyond the qualifications dust being raised by the Jonathan campaign organization.
He said Nigerians have been so battered economically, politically and socially that they no longer want to care about academic qualifications.