The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has lashed out at his challengers on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party (LP) platform, Peter Obi, calling the former “Mr. Sell Everything” and the latter “Mr. Stingy”.
Tinubu said Atiku was not fit to be elected as Nigeria’s President in the forthcoming presidential election.
He said this at the APC presidential campaign rally in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday.
“He doesn’t want to do the brave and hard work required to build a better nation. Instead, he would rather sell your birthright to the highest bidder and run off with the proceeds.
“He cares little that his policies and actions will impoverish you and leave you with nothing,” the APC presidential candidate stated.
On the Labour Party presidential standard bearer, Tinubu said Obi had a chance to show how progressive he could be when he was governor of Anambra State.
He said: “All he could do was boast that he saved money. But I tell you it is a wicked parent that holds money in his hand yet allows his children to starve.
“Likewise, it is a heartless governor who holds back money when people went hungry, and schools, roads, and clinics went into disrepair. Neither the city-dweller nor the farmer prospered under him.
“In the end, he refused to save the people because he preferred to save the money. And he claims to be the party of labour.
”You will have to be labouring under a terrible delusion if you think he will do better for the nation than he did for Anambra State. Buyers beware of salesmen selling fake merchandise.
“The truth of the difference between my leadership and that of Mr Obi lies in one observation.
“Although Lagos is crowded and Anambra has ample space, more people left Obi’s Anambra seeking a better life in Tinubu’s Lagos than left Lagos believing Obi had established a blueprint for growth in Anambra.
“My people, you cannot entrust your future or that of our nation to Mr. Sell Everything Atiku or Mr. Stingy Obi. But you can trust Mr. Progressive Good Governance Tinubu!”
Tinubu, however, hailed the people of Ondo State, saying they have always been a champion of people-oriented and progressive government.h
Speaking on his agenda for Ondo State, Tinubu noted that the history of the state was one where industrious farmers had for years sowed prosperity through well-cultivated cocoa plantations and other agricultural exploits.
He said his agricultural policies would return the farmer to his esteemed and essential place in society if elected president in 2023.
“You have been the backbone of the economy and bedrock of the community. You will be honored as such,” the former governor of Lagos State said.
Tinubu further stated that his administration would re-establish commodity exchange boards to ensure farmers a guaranteed price for their yields, adding that he would help the state to reap the full benefits of her bounteous resources.
“For example, my agricultural plan also calls for the creation of agricultural hubs in the nation. You will be the direct beneficiary of this policy.
“These hubs will increase the cultivation of now idle fertile land yet also promote agro-processing businesses that will produce many new jobs and put more money in the pockets of the average person and small farmer.
“Our economic plan will make strategic investments in industry and infrastructure, giving our talented people the chance to make a good living while producing valuable goods that will improve the quality of life for those who buy them.
“Your natural resources will be more comprehensively utilised. Your oil and gas must bring prosperity, development and jobs.
“But that is not all. Bitumen, granite and marble must be mined and turned into finished products right here in the state under my administration,” Tinubu said.
Speaking at the rally, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said the people of the state had resolved to support Tinubu, adding: “We will show who we are on February 25, 2023.”
Others at the rally were Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); former Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; and APC National Secretary, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, who represented the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.