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2019: Your candidate will be defeated, FG tells Obj

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Federal government yesterday said although former Presi­dent Olusegun Obasanjo has lent support to former Vice-Presi­dent Atiku abubakar, the presiden­tial candidate of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), such support was no guarantee of victory for Atiku.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke on Monday in Abuja, boasted that Atiku “will be defeated roundly and comprehensively when the results of the election would have been count­ed”.

He explained that even though it was Obasanjo’s constitutional right to support any candidate of his choice, “we urge him to go out and campaign vigorously for any candi­date he wants to support.

“He has not hidden his preference for the PDP candidate, Alhaji Ati­ku Abubakar, and we wish him very best of luck.

“However, I want to assure you that his candidate will be defeated roundly and comprehensively. It is not about endorsement, endorse­ment does not win election” the min­ister said.

Lai Mohammed equally reacted to a statement credited to the former president that, “only a fool will sit on the fence when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption lack of focus, insecurity nepotism and brazen impunity,” in­sisting that Obasanjo was not prop­erly briefed on the development in the country to have made such con­clusions.

“The facts are all there that this government has done more than any other governments in three and half years,” he said.

On the war against corruption, the minister said government had put in place institutional reforms which had confirmed its sinceri­ty and commitment to fighting the menace.

“It is not about putting people in jail but what are the things put in place to address this endemic prob­lem.

“Take the example of the Treas­ury Single Account (TSA) which was not initiated by this government. It is only the Buhari administration that has the political will to implement it.

“Before we came in, there were over 22,000 government accounts in various banks. But since we came, we reduced it to one account and from 2015 to date, N8.9 trillion has passed through the TSA which is as a result of transparency and accountability”.

The minister said even with lean resources, the Buhari administra­tion had spent more on infrastruc­ture than the 16 years of the PDP ad­ministrations.

He said there was no state in the country without one or two infra­structure development being em­barked upon by the federal govern­ment.

The minister said the administra­tion had commissioned the Abuja to Kaduna standard rail guage, while the 156 km Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge would be ready for commis­sioning in March next year.

He added that government had made fund available for five criti­cal infrastructure projects includ­ing the Mambila power project, the East-West Road, the second Niger bridge, the Abuja–Kano, and Abu­ja-Lokoja-Okene highways.

Mohammed said the efforts of the administration in diversifying the economy from oil had yielded fruits with achievement in agricul­ture, particularly in rice production and solid mineral sectors.

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