Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, faulted claims by the Federal Government of revamping the Nigerian Railways, saying nothing was on ground as proof.
Buhari said this when he paid a courtesy visit to Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, in his palace at Lagos Island of the state, as his campaign train moved to Lagos.
“A lot of noise is being made about Nigerian Railways, but there is nothing on ground. Kabiyesi, these are some of the problems—insecurity, economic imbalance and corruption identified by the APC.
“These problems have virtually denied Nigeria the opportunity to improve other social services like education and healthcare.
“Infrastructure is another structure that helps to bring industries back that will create employment. And if elected, we will complete the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to Ilorin.
“The monies we realised from anti-corruption campaign will be adequately used to improve education in the country. One of the legacies we can leave for this generation is good education, if that is done most people will look after themselves.”
In his reaction to concerns raised by residents of Lagos, Buhari lamented that “all the responsibilities that should have been catered for by the Federal Government have been left to the state government.
“The state was left with enormous decayed infrastructure which should have been for their own interest. Lagos state has been keeping and maintaining them, but the Federal Government has not been sympathetic enough to take the responsibility of what they left behind.
“We assure you that the APC will study this situation and make as much compensation as possible to Lagos State,” the APC presidential candidate promised.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.
He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.
In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.
He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.
“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.
“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’
“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.
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