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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday described those defecting from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as “bad eggs” that God was removing from the party.
He said, “God will continue to fish out the bad eggs among us,” as the country approaches the 2019 general elections.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke at the commencement of the campaign rally for the Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-elections and the formal presentation of APC candidate, Gumau Yahaya, for the August 11 poll.
He assured party supporters in Bauchi that his administration will continue to deliver on its campaign promises.
The President Buhari told the rally that the APC-led government had remained faithful in implementing its campaign promise of improving the economy, securing the country, and the fight against corruption.
He said, “The work we are doing is because of God, our country and you. I want to inform you that the knowledge we have garnered over the years, we won’t allow you to be cheated.
‘‘Like we promised, what will determine a good future for the country are security, strong economy and to stop corruption.
“We campaigned on these things, you voted for us and we will never forget.”
Buhari also spoke about his determination to continue to frustrate dubious politicians. He said, “What I will never exhibit is to allow selfish politicians loot public treasury and allow the masses to be cheated. All what we are doing is in the interest of the people and our dear country.
“I pray God to expose sycophants that are still within our party, who are bent on trying to loot our resources,” he said.
The president said his administration had not relented in addressing the security challenges in the country, as well as placing the nation on a sound economic footing.
He therefore solicited the support of the people of the state in voting the APC candidate in the forthcoming senatorial by-election in the state.
National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had earlier described former members of the party that recently defected from the party as “looters.”
“This is a clear indication that some of them (defectors) have been sharing the country’s resources for 16 years but failed to do that in the last three years.
“Most of them are afraid of the anti-corruption crusade being waged by this administration, and are sure that most of them will find themselves behind bars.
“There is no going back on sending those found wanting to jail, no matter how highly placed they are.
“We are happy over such defection because we are fed up with the nefarious activities being perpetrated by them,” the chairman said.
In his speech, Gov. Muhammed Abubakar told the gathering not to be deceived by the “antics of some former leaders.”
Abubakar blamed members of the National Assembly for the country’s under-development, adding that he was happy that “most of them are leaving our party.”
He called on the electorate, especially those within Bauchi South Senatorial District, to vote for the candidate of the party during the forthcoming by-election.
In his remarks, State Chairman of the party, Uba Nana, said the current defection saga had not affected the party in the state.
He said that instead of members defecting to other parties, APC in the state had witnessed mass influx of people from other parties.
The chairman said that 25 other political parties in the state had formed an alliance with APC, to enable the party emerge victorious in the forthcoming by-election
The president who was accompanied by the party Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Governors of Bauchi, Plateau, Kano and Imo States, and other party officials, endorsed Yahaya, saying, “we have confidence in him and we trust him.”
He urged the people of Bauchi South senatorial district to vote Yahaya in the upcoming election.
The president also thanked the people of Bauchi for defying the heavy rainfall and coming out en masse to welcome him and show solidarity to the party’s candidate in the senatorial election.