•Tinubu: Jonathan’s dollars can’t divide us
Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday said the North will reply the hate campaign against All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on March 28 with their massive votes.
Kwankwaso spoke at the Lagos residence of APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during a meeting with the Lagos Arewa community.
The governor reviewed the hate campaign by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), especially by Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and the dollar sharing in the Southwest by President Goodluck Jonathan to woo voters.
Tinubu urged the Hausa community not to be deterred saying “the Arewa community is part of the government in Lagos.”
He added: “The Arewa community has come to the reality that we must work for the peace of this country. We are one. We must work together. No Dollar can break us, no Euro can divide us. We had enough of 16 years of lies. They packed our children inside the stadium without food. They made them buy the uniform extorting from them, taking from the poor, we cannot continue that way.
“We are ready, at this time, we need change in leadership; we need change in vision. There is no permanent tenant in Aso rock. A villa is a house and any president is a tenant. God has blessed and granted him six years. We have bought him plenty shoes, many jackets. So we cannot give him our vote.”
Tinubu charged them to keep their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to vote the APC and benefit more from government.
Kwankwaso said Governor Fayose had become a national embarrassment.
The governor who lamented the insults to Gen. Buhari’s person wondered what is left of values in the country. He added: “the North will reply them on March 28 in the presidential polls.”
Recalling his youth service years in Ogun State in the southwest, Kwankwaso said he had always believed that Yoruba land paraded an array of well-cultured, respectful people like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Bashorun MKO Abiola Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, among others, “but anytime I listen to this young man, the governor of Ekiti State, I feel terribly embarrassed as a governor and I feel bad for Yoruba people . This young man, I don’t know what went wrong, I used to know him even though I was not very close to him, of course, when I was first governor, he was not governor .
“He became governor after I left the Goverment House in 2003, but these days, when I look at him, I think many things are wrong with his words and even his mouth.
“When you see Fayose, tell him he should learn how to respect elders. Even those of us who are governors at this time are his seniors. In this business of politics and in any other business, I think seniority should be respected.
“He has been talking about the age of Buhari, I am not a medical doctor but I observed Buhari before the primaries. He went round all the states of the federation and after the primary elections he went to 35 out of 36 states and Kano four times and I am sure he came to Lagos more than once within this short period of time, what I believe is that Buhari is healthier than Jonathan.”
Tinubu said he was surprised that the ruling party is afraid of elections.
Tinubu who said Kwankwaso is a trusted man added that the Arewa people are part of the Lagos government.
He said: “Jonathan is afraid of conducting elections.