The Vice Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and the Govermor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday led hundreds of people in a’’ Walk for Change’’ aimed at sensitizing the populace on the February general elections and the Buhari/Osinbajo presidential candidacy.
The walk took off from the Government House, Osogbo at about 7.00 am took participants to some popular locations in Osogbo, the state capital including Okefia, Olaiya, Old Garage, Station Road and later terminated at the stadium where APC chieftains addressed the crowd.
The coordinator of the walk, who is former Special Adviser to Governor Aregbesola on Environmental Matters, Mr Bola Ilori, noted the sensitization was imperative in order to prepare the mind of the people for the dramatic change expected during the election.
He drew a distinction saying the Walk for Change ‘’is a support for Buhari/Osinbajo and it is different from the APC presidential rally’’
Various groups including market women, artisans, civil society groups, youths participated in the walk.
Addressing the crowd at the Main Bowl of Osogbo city Stadium, Professor Osinbajo described the level of poverty and unemployment in the country as unacceptable saying APC would provide employment to 20,000 Nigerians in each state of the federation if it won the February 14 presidential election to tackle the challenge.
Osinbajo said the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan has lost total control of governance noting that bad leadership offered by the current leadership has brought disillusionment and untold hardship to the citizens.
He said Nigerians had watched helplessly the leadership being offered by the PDP and are fed up with the situation in the country stressing that the only option left to save the nation from imminent collapse was to vote for the APC which he claimed has the capacity to bail the
country out of its multi-faceted challenges.
According to Osinbajo the party had carefully drawn out some programmes including health insurance scheme, agricultural revolution that would make it possible for government to buy farm produce from farmers and sell them to the people at reduced price and introduction of school feeding programme.
He also said the APC government would introduce social welfare scheme to the physically challenged if the party became victorious at the centre in the February polls.
While accusing the current administration of alienating itself from the people due to is alleged insensitivity and poor strategy being adopted to check insurgents, he explained APC government would set up people-oriented government that would cater for their needs and ensure safety of all Nigerians.
In his speech at the occasion, Governor Aregbesola noted that the effective participation of people during the walk was a practical demonstration of the desire of the people to vote out President Goodluck Jonathan and replace him with General Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: ’’Our people must understand that today’s event is not APC presidential campaign in Osun state. The campaign will be flagged off at a later date. Nigerians must vote for change in order to drive away poverty from the land.The PDP government has brought hardship to Nigerians’’.
While asking the crowd at the stadium to sell the candidacy of Buhari/Osinbajo to others not present at the event, he urged all qualified citizens in the state to ensure they obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) before the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Aregbesola urged the people to demonstrate similar commitment and commitment they showed during the Osun governorship election in voting for the APC candidates in the February election.