A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has urged Nigerians to emulate the people of Osun State, who voted against the Peoples Democratic Party during the August 9 governorship poll in the state.
Buhari said this in Osogbo on Monday during a courtesy visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House.
The former Head of State said the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states should be an eye opener for Nigerians ahead of the 2015 elections.
Buhari, while congratulating Aregbesola said his re-election was a triumph of democracy and the wishes of the majority of the people.
According to him, the people of the state know what is good for them by resisting the opposition and voting for Aregbesola massively.
The former Head of State said he was in the state to invite the governor to his formal declaration for the presidential race.
He said, “Part of why we are here is to congratulate you on your credible re-election and personal leadership qualities.
“Ekiti and Osun gave us the latest interpretation of what is ahead of us in 2015 and all Nigerians must be totally aware that it is not going to be very easy in the next five months.
“For the next five months, we are on the road again and we are here to ask for your understanding and support. Nigerians want change and they have to prepare and be ready to do exactly what Osun people has done, that’s the only way out.”
Aregbesola, while responding, thanked the retired general for his visit.
He also advised Nigerians to be vigilant ahead of the general election coming up in 2015.
The governor said he mobilised the people of the state to come out en mass and vote for the APC.
He said, “Nigerians should be vigilant in 2015 just like they did in Osun during the August 9 election when 73, 000 security men deployed to the state could not scare them away from exercising their franchise.”
Some of prominent politicians on the entourage of the presidential aspirant included the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari; a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Timipre Silva; and former Minister of Information, Chief Tony Momoh, among others.
In a similar development, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankaso, has also visited Aregbesola.