Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has spoken after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari as he was accompanied by candidate of the opposition Allied Peoples Movement, Adekunle Akinlade.
He told State House correspondents that he was at the Stat House “to just wish the president a Happy New year” and assure him of their loyalty.
“It is to come and formally say Happy New year to Mr President and to reassure him of our unalloyed support,” he said.
He also said they were at the villa to “tell him (Buhari) that in the coming elections in the contest of South-west, Ogun State will not be left behind”.
“We are going to give him massive votes that have never been seen in the history of Ogun State. That is what we are here to reassure him and of course you see the candidate of APM with me,” the governor said. “This is not the first time to come and say hello to Mr President but this is a new year and we just think it would be appropriate.”
Mr Amosun said Mr Buhari doesn’t need to “still run around” canvassing for votes because “his work is everywhere”.
“Infrastructures are now in place and gradually Mr President is bringing back the middle class; the revolution he is bringing to bear in agriculture, all the social safety nets that he is bringing on board, N-power, GEEP, ‘market money’ and many others.
“People that ordinarily have been running around begging for money are now employers of labour themselves and that is the way to go if we must get it right as a nation,” he said.
Mr Akinlade said Mr Buhari is a “wonderful person” and that he always left impressed after meeting the president.
“What we just tried to do today is to reassure him that what we have done still stands and we are working very hard to make sure that he wins in Ogun state,” he said.
The APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun, had earlier also visited Mr Buhari alongside a former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba.
They also told State House reporters after their visit that Mr Buhari had assured him of his support.