The donation of N1.7bn by rice farmers and fertilizer producers is a guarantee of over 12 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 2019 election, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said.
According to BMO, “People who have enough confidence in a person to donate their widow’s mite of N100 each to his election campaign fund will definitely vote for that person, both they and their friends and relations.”
BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsuju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, appreciated the testimonies by RIFAN members, through their leadership, that the anchor borrowers programme has yielded the desired result by generating more employment opportunities for our teeming youth in Nigeria, rice sufficiency to the Nigerian populace and easy access to fertilizer; the government programme also ensures that rice import is at its lowest level.
“So also FEPSAN testified through its president that the government fertilizer initiative has saved the country N120bn subsidy and thereby crashing the price of fertilizer within the last three years. FEPSAN leader also confirmed that as at year 2015, less than five fertilizer blending plants were working in Nigeria, but as at now we have thirty fertilizer blending plants working due to government policy.”
BMO says it believes that looking at the total number of beneficiaries and the card-carrying members in both RIFAN and FEPSAN, “one can confidently say that President Muhammadu Buhari will get the votes of all the members of these two associations and win in the 2019 presidential election because of his achievements in agriculture and other various sectors.”
The Buhari Media Organisation also applauded the diversification policy of the Buhari administration, the positive results and the employment generated in the informal sector.