2019- The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Tuesday endorsed Presidential candidate of ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, promising to mobilise 16 million votes for his re-election in the February 16 presidential poll.
In the same vein, the All Former Councillors Forum of Nigeria has adopted the opposition presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its consensus candidate for Saturday’s presidential election.
RTEAN National President, Mr. Osakpamwan Eriyo, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja; while the Forum disclosed this in a communique signed by its National Chairman, Chigozie Eze; and its National Secretary, Ganaleni Demshenino, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to RTEAN’s Eriyo, the association has over 16 million members who are always united in supporting particular candidates during election.
“Why we said that they should support Buhari is because he has done so much for the country, you can see today that we have good roads.
“We have investments in the country, and there is peace. If there is no peace, we can’t have investment.
“We have over 16 million members in Nigeria; that is why we urge all of them to vote for Buhari for continuity,” Eriyo said.
He went further to say, “If we vote for continuity, all the good roads and good projects will continue and that is the reason why we decided to support the president.”
In its submission, the All Former Councilors Forum of Nigeria said that all its members, irrespective of their party affiliations, would work for Atiku Abubakar.
It recalled that the Forum’s National Working Committee in its December 12, 2018 communique issued in Abuja, said it had resolved to support any of the presidential candidates that would grant full administrative and fiscal autonomy to the local government system.
It said that the Forum also resolved to support any candidate that would restructure the tenure of local government councils to reflect the wishes of the grassroots.
The Forum said that its leadership considered the various presidential candidates’ manifestos before making the decision.
Adding that after due consideration, the Forum’s leaders agreed with Atiku’s pledge to restore local government autonomy by scrapping the joint account system and stopping the state governors from tampering with the local government fund as dispensed by the Federation Account, if elected.
“The body resolved to adopt and do hereby adopt the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for the February 16 presidential election.
“Resolved that all members of the Forum will work strongly for Abubakar’s election, irrespective of party differences and affiliations,” the group said.