Gen. Muhammadu Buhari?on Tuesday?lampooned? what he termed the Peoples Democratic Party?s (PDP?s) misrule and called on?all Nigerians to ensure that the ruling party is voted out during the general elections next year.
Gen. Buhari, who?on Tuesday?in Abuja announced that he would seek the ticket of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party to contest for president, said in Ado-Ekiti that Nigerians were tired of the PDP and will next year end its long years of misrule.
He was at the Ekiti State capital to inaugurate the Ekiti Parapo Square, a 12,000-seater capacity pavilion built by the outgoing Governor Kayode Fayemi administration.
The ceremony signals the begining of the winding down of the Fayemi administration as Governor-elect Ayo Fayose will take the saddle
Apart from being the nation?s Independence anniversary,?Wednesday?was also the 18th?anniversary of the creation of Ekiti State.
Twenty six distinguished indigenes were given State Merit Awards.
Gen Buhari urged the electorate to apply their voter cards purposely to vote in a new regime of hope and progress.
At the event were Deputy Governor Prof. Modupe Adelabu; former Governor Segun Oni; Speaker Adewale Omirin, Senator Sola Adeyeye and State Chairman of the party Jide Awe.
There were also lawmakers, members of the Executive Council; representatives of the army, the police, prisons, immigration, and the?Department of State Services (DSS).
Gen. Buhari said only the resolve of the electorate could end what he called PDP?s misrule.
He said: ?It is no doubt that Nigerians have been traumatised under the PDP leadership and?Nigeria will be in trouble if we carry on the way the PDP has been doing in Nigeria.
?That is why it is important for the elite to talk to the less-privileged to collect their permanent voter cards in preparation for the 2015 elections. This is the only missile against the PDP tyranny.
?We must take this seriously because the APC is seriously determined to offer a better alternative platform for Nigerians. So, we have to be prepared for next year?s elections.?
Gen. Buhari praised Governor Fayemi for his success in the last four years, which he noted reflected in the quality and grade of the pavilion.
?I am indeed very happy to be part of this success story. Fayemi has been able to prove that what is expected of any leader is selfless?service and I want to believe that all these legacy projects will remain in his name forever?, Gen. Buhari said.
The governor urged the citizens to unite and take ownership of the ?Ekiti project? so that the state could continue to have a ?pool of achievers worthy of state, national and global recognition?.
?I therefore charge the good people of Ekiti State to push the bounds of possibilities for our future by uniting more than ever before to?protect our heritage of honour as well as the modest developmental gains we have made in recent years.
We must celebrate today by joining?our hearts and minds in one accord, and decide to outgrow the teething challenges of statehood, such as the arbitrariness we have witnessed in?recent times,? Fayemi said.
He described the State Merit Award as aimed at restoring the values for which Ekiti people are known, to redeem ?the meaning of who our
Fayemi said it was incontrovertible that Ekiti is the home of intellectuals, noting that one of the award recipients, Dr. Hallowed Olaoluwa?s feat as Africa?s youngest Ph.D holder in Mathematics at the age of 24, would spur the younger?generation to undertake the intellectual challenge with ?avowed determination to surpass the academic excellence already?displayed by Olaoluwa?.
Fayemi added: ?Today, we celebrate the 54th anniversary of Nigeria?s Independence, as well as the 18th anniversary of the creation of the
land of honour, Ekiti State. We have therefore also found today a most suitable day for us to hold this year?s edition of the Ekiti State Merit
Awards and Honours Roll as well as the official commissioning of this edifice ? the Ekiti Parapo Square ? one of the legacy projects of this
administration and our foremost symbol of the heterogeneity and unity of the Ekiti people.
?The activities are all part of our end-of-tenure programme of events which we have put in place to celebrate our administration?s Legacy of Honour and Service ? Aseyori Ifarasin Pelu Iyi.
?Today, our state comes of age. It has been 18 long years since our state was birthed on this day in 1996. We have gone through an?interesting past, with more than our fair share of unsavoury episodes that have put us in bad light in the comity of states. But we have also
made considerable progress as a people.
Certainly, we have fared better as an?autonomous state than when we were just a part of the old Ondo State.?