FG Wants To Arrest Us — Tinubu
The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday revealed that the Federal Government was trying to apprehend leaders of the APC, days before the election.
Tinubu was speaking at the 7th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos to mark his 63rd birthday, said the plot will not silence him.
He said that the APC had a better candidate for Nigeria in Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
He said that despite the postponement of the election by six weeks, President Jonathan will still lose the election.
According to him the postponement is “a stay of execution for Jonathan administration.”
The event was attended by a galaxy of APC leaders and stalwarts, including National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun; former Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande; former Governor of Ekiti and Osun states. Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Segun Oni, respectively; wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunsho Amosun; mother of the Vice Presidential candidate, Mrs Bisi Osinbajo; Prof Pat Utomi and Chief Lanre Rasaq.
Governor Aregbesola then proceeded to accuse the president of starving governors of funds and lying on his achievements in the past five years.
Aregbesola lamented the no payment of salaries to Osun civil servants to “the economic strategy adopted by President Jonathan to shrink the monthly revenue of the state.”
Aregbesola lamented that the economic policy of the Federal Government had forced the state to take a loan of N12 billion from banks.
His words: “The reason for indicting the President was that when I assumed office in 2010, I met a state with an income of N2.1 billion and with a wage bill of N1.1 billion.
“Outside Lagos, Osun State is the next state with large number of civil servants under the state employ. By 2012 January, my wage bill jumped to N3.6 billion and at this time, the revenue of the state had increased to N4.6 billion.
“And do not forget that the state inherited 50 percent of the entire civil servants in the old Western states. But by July of 2013, the apex government announced an unusual decline in allocation to the state which was about 40 percent. So from N4.6 billion with which I could meet the wage need of the workers, the revenue of the state from the central government was reduced to N2.6 billion.
“Since then, the highest monthly allocation received by the government was in November 2013 and it was N3 billion. And since then, Osun State had to augment salaries. Sometimes, N600 million, N1 billion and N1.6 billion.”
Fashola on his part said that Jonathan has been lying since he got sworn in.
He said: “As I was reading the newspaper this morning, I saw an advert published by President Goodluck Jonathan, where he listed as part of his achievements the ongoing construction of the Adiyan Phase 11 water works and the N40 billion loan for education, which the central government underwrote for Lagos State through the EKO project.
“The president claimed that they have fixed the Airport Road and built Primary Health care Centres in Lagos State.
Those who use the PHC know the people you see there. There are many other things that were also said in the advertorial. That advert is a lie.
Lagos State government under my administration is the one building the waterworks. If the President wants to lie in order to win election, it is a very low point for the presidential election.”
Buhari had earlier praised the merger which brought together the APC, and said with the way they have ran their campaign they should be succesfull this time around.