FORMER military head of state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, has warned Nigerians that the next five months would be tough, informing that nobody in the country should vote for treasury looters again in 2015.
He insisted that the APC wanted to control the government at the centre in order change what he termed mis-rule and mismanagement of treasury by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-led government.
Speaking while receiving prominent members of PDP in Kogi State, who defected to the party, in Lokoja, on Tuesday, Buhari advised party members to ensure they obtained voter cards, saying that was the only weapon to vote out PDP in 2015.
According to him, “this is the people’s money. It must be spent for their welfare, development and good governance. This country can afford all these. The money is not meant to be stolen, but for the development. So you should be up and doing so that we can change the system starting from the councillorship to the presidency,” he said.
“The next five months is going to be tough, because APC is determined to change many things in the country,” he said, insisting that leaders must be accountable to the people, while stealing of public fund must be stopped.
Among the defectors were former acting governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi; immediate past speaker, Abdullahi Bello, six other former members of House of Assembly; former chairman of state PDP, Chief John Odawun and Ambassador Isaac Onu, among others.
National chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, speaking at the rally, implored the people of the state to endure for some time, saying, “as soon as APC takes over the ruling of the state, welfare of workers would be top priority.”
He assured the defectors of equal opportunity in the party.
Other prominent members of the party at the rally were former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Kano State governor, Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso; APC deputy national chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu; national deputy chairman, South-West, Chief Segun Oni; former governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu; former Minister of State for Petroleum, Shuaib Abdullahi; APC national treasurer, Bala Muhammed and the national organising secretary, Senator Osita Osinazo, among others
Reacting to the defection, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi, said those that defected to APC were the bad eggs in the party, adding that their defection was “good riddance to bad rubbish.”
He said Kogi State “is a PDP state,” adding that politics is a game of numbers and that Governor Idris Wada was in firm control.