Jonathan, others steal 400,000 barrels of oil daily —Tinubu
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of being insincere that he knows nothing about the 400,000 barrels of crude oil which the former Lagos State governor said was being stolen from Nigeria daily.
Tinubu, who spoke at the flag-off of Governor Abiola Ajimobi's campaign in Ibadan on Saturday, insisted that Jonathan was allegedly responsible for oil theft and that he should be removed by all Nigerians during presidential election.
Leaders of the APC present at the campaign included former Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; former Governors of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi and Segun Oni; former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State; APC Chairman in Oyo State, Akin Oke; and South-West party executives.
Tinubu described the Peoples Democratic Party as 'Poverty Development Party,' while calling on market women, teachers and civil servants in Oyo State not to allow the party to return them to the dark days.
He said, 'God will not take us back to the bad days again. We will not see PDP here again because God has chased them away. Segun Oni and Oyinlola have realised that PDP is not the right party. Leaders of the party have deceived us for too long but I did not allow them in Lagos.
'In the past, Oyo was a violent state but that has disappeared and we will not go back to the dark days. APC stands for the actualisation of better future for our children.
'Jonathan and his government are stealing 400,000 barrels of crude oil every day in Nigeria. He is telling us that he cannot see that amount of crude oil being stolen in the system, yet he calls himself the President. He is running a government of thieves and we will use our votes to send him away. He is taking away all our wealth.'
Tinubu also spoke about former Governor Rashidi Ladoja's removal from office, the role he (Tinubu) played to restore him and how Ladoja refused to work with Ajimobi despite his (Tinubu's) several appeals.
He said he was surprised that Ladoja had to form the Accord Party.
Aregesola, in his remarks, also accused the PDP of bringing suffering and corruption to the country, adding that the administration of the party since 1999 had sent Nigerians to slavery.
He said, 'A litre of kerosene is now N120 but the landing cost is just N40.90k. They give to marketers at the rate of N95. That can only be done by a fraudulent government. They feed on fraudulent act perpetrated in the oil industry. PDP is a shameless party and they must go.'
The Presidency however described Tinubu's allegation as 'an idle campaign talk.'
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, warned members and the leadership of the opposition party to refrain from what he called 'verbal violence.'
Abati said, ''Opposition members and leaders should be warned to refrain from verbal violence.
They should tell Nigerians what they can do for them if elected. Now that they have seen that their lies about government not fighting corruption is no longer convincing, they are resorting to verbal violence.' Punch