Former Lagos state Gov. Bola Ahmed Tiinubu on Tuesday urged the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to re-strategise ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Tinubu made the appeal at Gov. Adams Oshiomhole’s fifth year anniversary in office and launch of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party in Edo.
“We are therefore reminding INEC that it has the responsibility to direct the people and correctly advise the people that it will guarantee a free, fair and credible election.
“We know that power is not easy to surrender. But we want it and we will get it in an honest manner because APC has come to stay,” he said.
He commended the people of the state for their foresight in voting for Oshiomhole adding that “your votes have not been misplaced by the amount of massive development being experienced in the state.
“Since you took that decision five years ago, Oshiomhole has never looked back in terms of infrastructure and economic development of Edo state. You have seen and witnessed the radical development. But let me say that this is not our final destination.
“Our destination is to take over the federal level to replicate what Oshiomhole and other APC governors are doing in their states. You have accepted APC and it is now your duty to begin to spread the good news around your neighbourhoods and communities,” Tinubu said.
Similarly, former Military Head of State, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), who congratulated Oshiomhole on his achievements, said, “I am happy that the people can now see the difference”.
Buhari said that he was optimistic that Oshiomhole would continue with his good work of developing the state.
He said that an APC government at the centre would work to eradicate poverty and provide security to the nation.
“If you vote us into power, we are prepared to tackle cases of abduction and killings of people across the nation so that people can move freely in whatever part of this country.
“APC is here to take power in 2015 to effectively manage the economic fortunes of our land,’’ he said.