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2019: Why I’m Not Bothered About APC Defectors – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he was not bothered about defection of the All Progressives Congress, APC members to other opposition political parties because majority of Nigerians appreciate his government. President Buhari who stated this Sunday night in Lome, the capital city of Togo enthused that as a result of the efforts of his administration, many Nigerians will defend him and vote for his party in 2019 elections. While responding to a question during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Togo at the Nigerian Embassy, Lome, he said ordinary Nigerians appreciated the performance of his administration. According to him, “I am not bothered about the defections. Ordinary Nigerians have developed confidence in us and are defending us. I assure you, majority of Nigerians back home are appreciative of our efforts.”
Expressing delight in seeing the Nigerians who had travelled from the five regions of Togo to welcome him in Lome, President Buhari said he was pleased to hear them commend the performance of his administration. The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu assured them that his administration had remained steadfast in keeping to its three campaign promises of providing security, improving the economy and fighting corruption. He noted that if past governments had utilised even 25 per cent of the huge oil revenue available to them, Nigerians would not be complaining today, citing the $16 billion reportedly spent on electricity and yet Nigerians could not see the power. Restating his administration’s commitment to providing critical infrastructure, providing loans to farmers thereby cutting rice importation by more than 90 per cent, President Buhari said all recovered illegally acquired assets would now be sold and the money paid into the treasury in the administration’s renewed anti-graft campaign.
He said, “I assure you that we are making progress in security as some displaced farmers are returning to their farms. We will continue to work very hard for our dear country.” In his welcome address, the Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Joseph Olusola Iji, said the close to two million Nigerians in Togo were law-abiding and peaceful, even as he drew attention to the inability of the Nigerian Mission in Lome to issue Nigerian passports, making applicants to go to Ghana or Benin Republic. While representatives of top bank executives commended the economic policies of the Federal Government especially the Ease of Doing Business, agricultural revolution and anti-corruption campaign, various leaders of the Nigerian Community also lauded the discipline, transparency and accountability that the current administration has introduced into governance.
They also called for government assistance towards the completion of community’s on-going school building project in order to overcome the lack of good English schools in that country. On its part, the APC Togo Chapter, told President Buhari not to be worried about the defections from the party, assuring him of its support in the 2019 presidential election. The governors of Cross River and Niger States; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Interior; the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment; the National Security Adviser; the Chief of Defence Staff; the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, were among the top government officials who accompanied the President to his first official engagement on arrival in Lome ahead of the Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit, and the 53rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, among others.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune before he left to join the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE, Abuja in 2005 as Head, Media Relations. At the BPE, Sayo coordinated both local and international media for the Bureau’s events and activities. He led a group of Nigerian journalists to the transfer ceremony of West African Refineries Limited in which Nigeria had controlling shares in Sierra Leone to its buyer in 2006 under the privatisation programme of the Nigerian government. He was Accounts Manager (Client Service) at The Quadrant Company, Nigeria’s leading Public Relations outfit, between 2006 and 2007 where he managed Celtel, (now Airtel), LG Electronics and DHL amongst others. He led a team of twenty IT/Telecom Editors of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and magazines to Tanzania in 2006 as part of the migration process of Celtel from Vmobile. In 2007, Sayo left for IMS Advertising Limited as General Manager, Reputation Management in a quest for robust integrated marketing communication expertise. The clientele included Nigerian Breweries Plc, Multi-links, Evan Medicals, Dorman Long and BGL amongst many others. He left in 2012 to set up Octopus Communication, an integrated marketing communication outfit, acting as PR consultant for IMS Advertising, Gilt-edge Advertising and others. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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