Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has called on the people of the state to reject bribes from the Peoples Democratic Party, which is meant to sway them to vote the PDP in the forthcoming general elections.
Aregbesola made the call while campaigning for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress at Atakumosa West Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “We only need our people to persevere. Our people are Omoluabi who cannot be bought with ill-gotten wealth. We have remained with the people and that is our commitment”.
Aregbesola told the electorate that one of the things the PDP wanted to ensure by forcing a postponement of the election was “to drain the people out and use the period to empower their weak candidates”.
Commenting on the nation’s economy, the governor advised President Goodluck Jonathan to stop playing politics with the issue.
According to him, Nigeria is losing about N1.7 trillion to oil theft in the Niger Delta, adding that every rural community in the nation would benefit from the proceed of the oil if crude oil theft was nipped in the bud.
Aregbesola said, “If the barrels of crude oil being alleged to have been stolen daily are blocked and prevented by the PDP-controlled Federal Government which amounts to N1.7 trillion, proceeds from such act could have provided about 2,000 kilometers of rural roads across the country.
“Nigerians have never had it this bad in terms of hunger, insecurity, corruption, unemployment among others. The worst of it being the economic recession which made a dollar to exchange for N230 from 120 inherited by the Jonathan-led administration.
“If the wastages the Federal government is noted for are curtailed, no rural community will not benefit from the proceed from crude oil being stolen daily”.