Atiku Abubakar, the standard bearer for the Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential race, has pledged to revive the Ajaokuta Steel Company as a national industrial revolution engine.
To facilitate trade for the country, he promised to build, restore, and renovate all federal highways in Kogi.
Atiku made the commitment while campaigning in Lokoja, the state capital, ahead of the next general elections, which will be held on Saturday.
The PDP presidential candidate referred to Kogi State as a PDP State and challenged the populace to rise to the occasion by supporting the PDP in the upcoming election so that he could finish building the state’s inland ports.
While maintaining that if elected he will support the State to pay salaries, and to set aside $10billion dollars for job creation, to tackle incessant strikes in the nation’s Universities.
The PDP Flagbearer expressed satisfaction with the turnout of people to receive him described the mammoth crowd as an indication of a people yearning for change, a positive change that would improve their quality and standard of living.
The PDP Presidential candidate described the party as a light over the ruling APC, expressed dissatisfaction with the dwindling standard of living , acute poverty and gross insecurity across the country.
He promised to include more citizens of the State in governance if elected, assured that the Abuja Lokoja road and other federal roads would get massive attention.
While promising to harnessed the natural and human resources in the State for the benefits of the people, he will revamp the agriculture and tourism potentials that abound in the State.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel, Gov. Ifeanyi Ukowa, said with experience, the will of the people will be respected through the building of massive infrastructures that will make lives bearable for the people.
In the same vain, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of sokoto state said Kogi State has all the potentials in natural and human resources,but lamented for ineffective leadership, urged the people to vote for PDP to rejuvenate the economy.
In a remark, former Kogi Gov. Ibrahim Idris described the hardship facing Kogi people under the APC administration as unprecedented in the annals of the State, assured that the PDP would win overwhelmingly in the coming general election.
Highlights of the event was the massive defection of prominent APC leaders and members from across the State in their numbers, who all stressed that the APC administration in the State has made them worse off in terms of living conditions and dividends of democracy.
Receiving the defectors, Dr. Iyorcha Ayu, National Chairman of the Party, urged the returnees to work collectively towards ensuring victory for the PDP. He decried worsening state of the economy, insecurity and poverty across the state.
Those that moved to the PDP includes; Ex.Deputy Governor , Simon Achuba, Former Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Alfa Imam and Hon. Yahaya Karaku, former Chairman, Okene LGA with their 148,000, supporters defected from APC to PDP
Speaking on behalf of the returnees, former Kogi State Deputy Governor, Chief Simeon Achuba, said their return to PDP is occasioned by the failed promises made by the APC to Nigerians in 2015 and 2019, lamented that the country is worse off under APC administration.