Vote Buhari in 2019 for power to return to S’West in 2023 , Fashola urges Yoruba voters
By Steve Oko
The sincerity of the All Progressive Congress, APC, to cede power to the South East in 2023 has become doubtful following a revelation by former Lagos Governor and the incumbent Minister for Power, Works &Housing, Babatunde Fasola of which zone will produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.
Fashola at a Town Hall meeting, Thurday in Ibadan, urged Yoruba voters to massively vote for Buhari in 2019 so he could hand over to the region in 2023 after his second tenure.
The Minister who spoke in Yoruba language said the South West would benefit more if Buhari won a second tenure in 2019.
Wawa News Global recalls that APC has always urged the South East to support the re-election bid of Buhari to pave the way for the emergence of a Nigeria President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Meanwhile Fashola ‘s utterance has cast serious doubt over the commitment of APC to the promise to the South East which the main opposition Pepples Democratic Party, PDP, had since dismissed as empty political promise.
The special Town Hall Meeting on infrastructure was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture in partnership with the National Orientation Agency.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed led three other ministers including Fashola, Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu to the town hall meeting.
Fashola said South West had already witnessed massive investments on infrastructure by the Buhari administration, adding that the zone will gain more in his second term.
Fashola who spoke in Yoruba language and with a proverb said: “Did you know that power is rotating to the South-West after the completion of Buhari’s tenure if you vote for him in 2019?
“Your child cannot surrender her waist for an edifying beads and you will use the bead to decorate another child’s waist.
“A vote for Buhari in 2019, means a return of power to the South West in 2023. I am sure you will vote wisely.”
Rating the Buhari administration, Fashola said that the government had kept its promises to Nigerians in the three key throngs of security, fighting corruption and rebuilding the economy.
According to him, the essence of the town hall meeting was to showcase what the administration had done in three and half years.
Providing more insight with another Yoruba proverb, Fashola said: “If you are roasting corn for a blind man, you have to whistle for the blind man to know you are not eating the corn you are roasting for him”
He disclosed that at least 67 road projects were ongoing only in the south west region of the country by the administration.
The Minister enumerated the roads to include 19 in Lagos state, 14 in Oyo state, 12 in Osun state, nine in Ogun and Ondo states respectively.
Fashola explained that 19 out of the 67 projects were on roads maintenance and they all excluded the constant roads repair works being carried out by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency.
He said the massive construction on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Benin-Ore-Ajebamidele-Shagamu road and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta expressway abandoned for years were pointers to their achievements.
He disclosed that the critical 35km Tin can Island-Mile two-Oshodi road had been awarded to Dangote Construction company and would be a 10 lanelane highway to be constructed with cement technology.
Vote for Buhari in 2019 for power to return to S’West in 2023, Fashola urges Yoruba voters
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