The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has reminded Nigerians that the country needs Buhari at this critical time when the country has been driven to a precipice just as the former Head of State came at the nick of time in 1983 when the conservative National Party of Nigeria (NPN) had brought the country to its knees.
Aregbesola said Nigerians must recollect that the economy, security and social welfare of the citizens had been completely destroyed after the defunct NPN’s rule from 1979 to 1983 when the military took over and gave Buhari the platform to restore the hope of Nigerians. He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has done worse damage to the country.
He however noted the significant difference in the Buhari of 2014 who is a civilian and a democrat and the Buhari of 1983 who was a soldier.
The governor said the first step towards salvaging Nigeria from the claws of death by the PDP is to vote out the party, demanding for explanations why there is so much poverty and misery in the country despite the fortunes it had been blessed with.
The governor, in a release by the Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, was quoted as speaking when labour leaders in the state met him to submit a report of the efforts by workers in the state to develop fresh means of economic sustenance for the state and increasing the internally generated revenue of the state. He also spoke at another forum of directors of water and other environment officials
Aregbesola, who reeled out series of social disorders caused by the Peoples Democratic Party government, said, “In 1983 it was Buhari that God sent to rescue the situation of Nigerians where the conservative elements had brought Nigeria to a rot. Buhari has come again to lead us out of the quagmire and sweep away all three anti-democratic and anti-development elements who have brought Nigeria to this deplorable state.
“The PDP and their wicked allies have been known over the decades for misery. If you have them around you for whatever reason, you would realise that they represent nothing other than misery. They represent the best of wickedness, misery and misfortune. Only the misguided would claim to belong to the PDP in Nigeria”.
Aregbesola said the Goodluck Jonathan administration and PDP cannot be excused from the various crises bedeviling the country today adding that a country that sold crude oil above $100 for more than three years must be asked what it has done with the huge resources that accrued to it.
He said, “The responsibility for the economic tragedy that we are witnessing in Nigeria today rests permanently and absolutely on the PDP and its government at the federal level. There is no way that party and its government can be excused. As a first step to salvage our nation, we must vote out PDP.
“How can we explain that oil sold for more than three years above $100 level and yet we are faced with this calamity without any redemption in sight? How can we explain it?
Aregbesola expressed confidence in the capacity of the Osun people to make the best choice saying “Our people can distinguish between the selfish and the selfless.
“Those who voted for me in the August 9 election in Osun have another assignment on their hands. If you voted for me and you don’t vote for Buhari and our representatives in the next elections, you have missed it.”
He said all Nigerians require is a careful easing out of Jonathan and an installation of a government that knows what to do with power to transform the lives of the masses.
“Don’t fight. Don’t carry cutlasses, guns or any other thing. Just go to the polling booths on that day and vote for our party. That is the power we all have to rescue ourselves from these elements.
“If we love ourselves, our towns and our country, we must all promote Buhari and campaign for him vigorously.”