Ahead of Saturday’s Presidential elections, all may not be well with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, expressed sadness over the decision of the Supreme Court to bar his party from participating in all elections (except the Presidential poll), in Rivers State.
Buhari expressed his view during the APC mega rally in Rivers State, on Tuesday.
The President said: “I am very disturbed by the decision that we are not allowed to participate in some of the processes. I have no doubt that I got elected, but I have to respect the Institutions that I inherited. I assure you, and I recommend that you remain patient and resolute. We will ensure that justice is done in this country.”
Recall, that the ruling of the Supreme Court implies that the APC has lost 32 House of Assembly seats, 13 House of Representatives positions, three Senatorial positions, and the Governorship and Deputy Governorship seats, in the State.
The President also begged the electorate to “bear with him”, as he continues to fix the country.
He said that he would deploy the Armed Forces and the Police in the State, to ensure that all Nigerians are allowed to vote without intimidation.
The president also campaigned in Bayelsa State, where he vowed to recover the $16 billion, allegedly wasted on the power sector, when former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, was in power.
Speaking at the APC, Presidential rally, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Tuesday, Buhari vowed to go after the people who mismanaged the money, meant for the development of the power sector.
Recall, that in 2018, Buhari had said that Obasanjo had questions to answer, over the power expenditure, from 1999 to 2007.
In 2008, the House of Representatives had described the $16 billion spent on power by Obasanjo’s government, as a colossal waste.
“You know we are building roads; the railway was virtually killed, we are rebuilding it; and there was no power, we are bringing power back”, Buhari said at the rally.
“The previous government mentioned on their own, that they spent 16 billion American dollars for power. But you are better witnesses than myself. Where is the power? Where is the money?
“We will follow them, and eventually, God willing, we will get them and we will get our money back.
Also, the Bayelsa State Traditional rulers threw their weight behind the corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it has brought the country to the limelight.
The monarchs spoke when they hosted Buhari at their council Secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Recall that president Buhari defeated former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who hails from Otuoke in Bayelsa State, in 2015 when he pledged to fight corruption in the country under the previous administration.
Speaking on behalf of the monarchs, Chairman, Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, Amanayabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete-Spiff said they were proud of the president.
“Your corruption war has brought Nigeria to the limelight. We are proud of it,” the monarch told Buhari.
The monarch, who was the first military governor of Rivers state, appealed to the president to facilitate the inclusion of the traditional rulers in the country’s constitution to give them a sense of belonging.
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