The naira redesign and exchange program, according to Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, is intended to shorten Saturday’s presidential election and national assembly polls.
Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress, was also a target of the policy, he continued, in order to secure his defeat.
With only 48 hours to the election, the governor made this statement during the state broadcast that was transmitted on electronic media outlets in the state on Thursday morning.
Akeredolu claims that the APC-led government’s cash swap scheme and the purportedly manufactured fuel shortage are both “lethal injections purposefully provided to de-market the APC government, create an unmanageable crisis in the country, and ultimately thwart the 2023 general elections.”
The objective, according to Akeredolu, is to sabotage the election and prevent the country from receiving the services of a true patriot, a visionary with a track record of integrity, wisdom, leadership, and performance.
It is also an attempt to misuse the premise of the rotating president by depriving a sector of the nation of its legal right, so stoking ethnic unrest and triggering a serious constitutional crisis.
Akeredolu said: “Recall that I have provided clear and unequivocal declarations as to our viewpoint on this perilous and tragic trip throughout these conditions.
To put it mildly, Akeredolu said, ” it is a dagger thrust into the centre of the ruling APC on the eve of the elections to demolish it and the governments it controls at the same time.”
“To say the least, it is a dagger drawn at the heart of the ruling APC on the eve of the elections in order to destroy it and the governments it controls at the federal and state levels. As the nation trudges on, our resolve to deepen democracy and good governance must remain unflinching and abiding.”
Akeredolu added: “Despite the desperate efforts by selfish and subversive elements within the government, to destroy the multiparty politics in Nigeria, the dividends of good governance brought to the people by the APC remain indelible in the recent history of our state in particular and the nation in general.
“The central purpose (of the naira swap policy) is to frustrate his ( Tinubu’) popularity and renowned acceptability across all tribes and religions in this country. The goal is to truncate the election and deny the country the service of a true patriot, an endowed visionary with a proven record of character, knowledge, leadership and performance.”
Governor Akeredolu further stated, “It is also an attempt to abuse the principle of the rotational presidency by denying a section of this country its legitimate right thereby fuelling ethnic disaffection and creating a grave constitutional crisis in the country.”
“As your governor, my duty to you at this time of great confusion and frustration is therefore to provide you with a clear vision of the path of redemption and hope. It is to charge you all to shake off the artificial frustration and the temporary barriers on your way to choosing a president who represents hope and assured brighter days ahead.”
Akeredolu to Tinubu: “My message to you is that despite all the well-planned intrigues to deny you of your democratic rights and the future and prosperity of your offsprings, which Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu represents, I urge you to troop out massively and vote for the APC on Saturday.
“This is the time to separate the past from the future. For us in Ondo State, this is our time to vote for a president who identifies with our challenges and who would help us to actualize our ongoing plan for the establishment of Ondo Deep Sea Port and massive industrial revolution, tackle youth unemployment, achieve our dream of state police to solve our insecurity problem and ensure human capacity development. It is time to set a new flag and make Nigeria great.”