House of Representatives Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday said the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket of the All Progressives Congress remained the best option for the 2019 elections.
Gbajabiamila made the statement in Lagos at the presentation of 350 laptops to students and youths in his Surulere Federal Constituency 1.
He said the APC-led administration had set the foundation for the country’s progress and urged Nigerians to vote the party for continued progress.
The lawmaker said another term for APC meant a steady progress to a better future for the country.
The majority leader said the South West as well as other regions had benefited massively from development projects of the Buhari administration in the last three years.
He said the people of the region, particularly Lagos, had resolved to stand with Buhari to emerge in 2019 in appreciation of what he had done in the region and country.
He added that the promise of the Peoples Democratic Party for a Secretary to the Government of the Federation slot could not make the region trade away “the development ticket”.
He said: “Do we have anybody seated here who actually believes the South West should drop the position of Vice President and go lower down to Secretary of Government of the Federation as recommended by PDP?
“I am sure none. Our resolve in the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo cannot be traded away for any condescending offer.
“We stand by the offer to complete Lagos–Ibadan Expressway; We stand by the offer to give us Lagos–Ibadan rail project; we stand by the offer to give us Lagos–Sango–Abeokuta expressway.
“We stand by the offer that just delivered Apapa–Wharf Road; we stand by the offer to deliver Apapa–Oshodi–Oworoshoki-Ojota Expressway; we stand by offer to provide steady solar power to our Lagos markets.
“We stand by offer to support our market women with soft loans; we stand by offer to improve power supply; we stand by the fight against corruption and pillage of public fund.
“We reject the offer to sell NNPC to friends and cronies; we reject the offer to return Nigeria to 16 years of retrogression. We stand solidly by Buhari–Osinbajo.”
Gbajabiamila said the 16 years of PDP rule was a disaster as the country “got no returns on investments from the inefficient managers of the country’s commonwealth”.
He said never should the country be allowed to go back to the hands of PDP which he said had robbed the country of every form of development.
The House Leader said the APC knew the issues and the needs of the country and would continue to work towards a better country for all.
He said the presentation of laptops and other ICT equipment to indigent students was in redemption of his electoral promise to impact on the lives of constituents.
Gbajabiamila added that he presented the laptops, particularly indigent students, to assist them to realise their educational goals.
He described education as the pathway to success and said he would continue his best to support education and development in the area.
Gbajabiamila thanked the constituents for voting overwhelmingly for him as APC candidate in the last primaries.
He said he was not taking the support for granted, promising to do his best in the service of the people, if re-elected.
The state Chairman of APC, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, said the party was impressed at the performance of Gbajabiamila, saying he was a model for lawmakers.
He said the party would support him to realise his electoral and political goals.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that prominent politicians, including Rep Rotimi Agunsoye, took turns to commend Gbajabiamila on the distribution of the items.
Agunsoye said Gbajabiamila empowerment programmes were worthy of emulation both in Lagos and beyond.
The lawmaker gave out 28 desk top computers, 28 printers and set up five business centres for constituents.
All the beneficiaries took turns to thank the lawmaker for the items, promising to put them into good use.