National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole on Tuesday described the new Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) as the coming together of dead political parties.
He spoke in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, during the APC mega rally for its governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi in the forthcoming elcetion scheduled for Saturday.4
He said, “They said they are doing alliance, Peugeot 404, and Volkswagen, can the dead rise again? Oshiomhole asked.
This is coming as Buba Galadima led R-APC, believed to be a faction of APC and made up of many of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) members in the ruling party, merged with the PDP and over 38 other political parties to form the CUPP.
Oshiomhole had earlier in his speech called on the people of Ekiti State to massively vote for the APC candidate, Fayemi, assuring them that the former governor if voted into power again, was going to start by making payment of arrears of salaries and pension owed workers and pensioners by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
This was even as he described Fayose as a robber, accusing him of pocketing billions of bailout funds President Muhammadu Buhari paid to governors to use and pay salaries of workers in their states.
He said that Fayose keeps “diverting attention, abusing everybody and behaving like a typical armed robber.
“Even teachers have not been paid for one year, workers and pensioners the same thing. First, Fayose collected N10 billion and bailed out his pocket, Buhari gave him and others another N10 billion and he pocketed it again. I’m not surprised because his is from Poverty Development Party, some people call it PDP.
“If you vote Fayemi he will start by paying areas Fayose refused to pay to workers and pensioners. We promise change and that change will take place in Ekiti State on Saturday.”
Speaking about the candidate of the PDP for the Saturday’s governorship election, Professor Olusola Kolapo, Oshiomhole said, “I understand that PDP candidate is a Prof. and I went to the library to search for the book he has written and there is none.
I also asked for his thesis, and they told me there was none”, Oshiomhole stated.
Present at the rally were President Muhammadu Buhari, a leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, pioneer national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, as well as governors of Kogi, Ondo, Osun, Ogun and Oyo states.
Also speaking at the event, President Buhari on Tuesday charged the people of Ekiti to key into the change agenda and vote for the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi.
He listed some of the projects the Federal Government is currently undertaking in Ekiti State including the building of a federal secretariat in the state, contrary to the allegations that his government has no developmental projects for the state.
The President at the rally reiterated it was not true that he had been silent over killings across Nigeria especially in the middle belt states by Fulani herdsmen.
He said, “About herdsmen, let me emphasise that many politicians are accusing me and the APC of not doing much because I am a Fulani man. I call that cheap blackmail.”
Earlier, a leader of the APC and a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, asked Ekiti people not to vote the PDP, which he described as a “party of destruction”, that has “stolen all the money” in the country.
Asking them to ensure they cast their votes for the APC, he said, “We promised change and change we are making.”
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