- Atiku Abubakar has promised Nigerians that he will rescue the country from insecurity, poverty, disunity and youth unemployment
- The PDP presidential candidate made the pledge as he commence his presidential campaign in Akwa Ibom state
- Thousands of PDP supporters in the state and beyond thronged the Uyo stadium to witness the start of the PDP presidential campaign
Uyo – Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has promised to rescue Nigeria from insecurity, poverty, disunity and youth unemployment.
Abubakar, who stated this on Monday, October 10 during the official kick-off of the PDP presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, said if elected he would restore Nigeria’s education.
He said the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and poor condition of the nation’s universities and welfare of university teachers will be addressed headlong.
At the rally were former vice president Namadi Sambo; vice presidential candidate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; Sokoto governor Aminu Tambuwal; Bayelsa governor Douye Diri; Edo governor Godwin Obaseki; Taraba governor Ishaku Darius and Adamawa governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.
Also at the flag-off were former presidents of the Senate including Bukola Saraki, David Mark, Adolphus Waraba and other former governors of the PDP as well as leaders of the party.
Atiku appealed to Nigerians to give PDP a chance to rescue the country’s economy, security apparatus, and other sectors in Nigeria.
“When PDP came to power in 1999, we met Nigeria in a state of poverty, insecurity, hunger, lack of education. We lifted Nigeria from the bottom to the top. We became the biggest economy in Africa, we had peace, we had progress. But when Nigerians said they wanted change, they voted for change in 2015.
“What we have seen is poverty, insecurity, lack of jobs and disunity. Our children are no longer going to school. Is that what we want to continue in?
“So, today, we have inaugurated the flag off of our campaign to rescue Nigeria. To rescue Nigeria from hunger, to rescue Nigeria from poverty, and also bring back the unity that we require in this country.”
On his part, the chairman of the PDP presidential campaign council and host of the day, Governor Udom Emmanuel said only Atiku has the capacity of rebuilding Nigeria.
“All the indices are bad. From the exchange rate of 150 naira to a dollar where we left it in 2015 to over N750 to a dollar now but I can assure you that we are set to fly the rescue mission and the train moves today. All Nigerians are expected to join us.
“If you look around, every Nigerian is eager to leave the country now due to the hard economic situation unlike what we have when PDP was in power. But I can assure you that once we get back to the Villa, things will change.”
For Governor Tambuwal who is the DG of the PDP Presidential campaign council, he said the APC is planning to sow a seed of discord in the country with the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket, unlike the PDP’s ticket which he said balances the polity of Nigeria.
“The Atiku/Okowa presidential ticket is the only candidature that reflects the true nature of Nigeria. it reflects our diversity and it shows competence, capacity and character.”
PDP presidential campaign council appoints Dele Momodu, others as directors
Meanwhile, 17 PDP chieftains have been appointed to head various directorates of the party’s presidential campaign.
Notable on the long list is renowned publisher and former presidential aspirant, Aare Dele Momodu.
Also listed were a former minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka and Dr Sam Amadi, former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.
PDP New Generation unveils ‘first of its kind’ National Youth Campaign Council
On its part, the PDP New Generation has unveiled its ‘first of its kind’ National Youth Campaign Council.
The council is expected to focus on issue-based campaigns targeting mainly young men and women across the country.
The team is expected to have over 1,500 young persons with an advisory board of notable Nigerians.