The All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari took his campaign to Osun state Wednesday, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to account for the N5 trillion oil money.
Buhari arrived the campaign ground held at the Osogbo Stadium around 5:30pm thanking the mammoth crowd who had been waiting for his arrival since 10 am.
A statement by his campaign office Tuesday also challenged President Jonathan to explain why over N5 trillion in oil and gas revenue vanished under his supervision, through fraud and embezzlement.
This challenge is coming some hours after Buhari and Jonathan, and other presidential candidates signed an accord to avoid violence during and after elections in Abuja. ?
“This government must answer the questions posed by the different Committees and Task Forces that probed the Oil and Gas Sector between 2011 and 2012. By this, we mean the Nuhu Ribadu-led Petroleum Task Force Report, the Minister of Trade and Investment’s report on stolen crude; the House of Representatives fuel subsidy report coupled with the investigations into the ecological fund, SIM card registration and frequency band spectrum sale,” the Buhari campaign said. ?
The campaign recalled that The Punch Newspaper had in its 25th of November, 2012 edition alerted Nigerians on how over N5 trillion oil money had been stolen under Jonathan’s watch. ?
The statement signed by the campaign’s media and publicity director Malam Garba Shehu said “industrial theft of oil surged from 250,000 to 400,000 barrels per day and remains unabated. The issue of corruption was also repackaged and lowered to the status of petty stealing. Worse still innocent whistle-blowers were hounded out of office.?”
In his brief speech, Buhari urged the Osun supporters to obtain their permanent voter cards, promising to provide employment by breaking the vicious circle of corruption, unemployment and insecurity.
In his remarks, the Osun state Governor Rauf Oregbesola, said ?”this election is not just an election. It is an election of independence.”
The governor said “Nigeria doesn’t want just any kind of luck. Nigeria deserves the best luck. Buhari is the best luck for Nigeria.”
He asked: “how can you claim to be good luck and the whole country is experience large scale bad luck?”
The rally was attended by APC national chairman John Oyegun, ?campaign director general Governor Rotimi Amaechi, former governors Bukola Saraki, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Kayode Fayemi, among other party chieftains.