***Says only PDP government can end insecurity, bring about peace.
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, claimed that the country’s economic collapse, insecurity, and misery were the only results of the All Progressives Congress (APC) change mantra.
Atiku asserted that only the PDP can end insecurity and bring peace to Niger and, by extension, Nigeria while speaking at a PDP presidential campaign rally in Minna, Niger state.
“We pray that God bring peace to the state. You know that only PDP can bring peace to Niger. When PDP was in power from 1999 to 2015 was there insecurity in Niger? We want to assure you that if you return PDP we will eliminate insecurity in Niger.
“We also assure you that the Baro port that the PDP first constructed before you demanded for change, now have you seen the change? What did the change brought? Insecurity, hardship and economic meltdown. We appeal to you to return PDP for improved security, development and other things in Niger and the country at large,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of PDP presidential campaign council and governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel said that when elected, Atiku will ensure that Niger state recovers its lost glory.
He said that Atiku is the only man with experience that can take the nation to where it is supposed to be.
He said: “We are here with our candidate, the man with capacity, the only man with experience, the man that will take Nigeria to where Nigeria would have been, if PDP had continued in government. He’s the man that will bring the geometric progression of our economic prosperity.
“Niger used to host a lot of economic activities, we do not call Niger power state in vain.”
Lamenting how the APC has destroyed the country, Governor Emmanuel said, “before now in 2015, when we want to buy motorcycle it was 80,000 naira, but today how much is motorcycle, can you vote for such party that has brought hardship?
“How much is a bag of rice now, how much was it in 2015, will you vote for such party again. The only man that will make sure you have enough milk in your tea, that will make sure you can afford a bag of rice is Atiku Abubakar. Atiku will make sure our youths are employed, will restore security and prosperity.”
Also lamenting the havoc caused by the APC in the past seven years, the PDP Vice Presidential candidate and governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa said, “in the last eight years, the APC government has done a great damage to Nigeria. They brought poverty to us, they brought insecurity to us, they have divided Nigeria and that is not what we want as a people.”
Describing the kind of person Atiku is, Okowa said that PDP has brought a father, “a man who is humble, a man who is ready to care for you, a man who is ready to love all Nigerians, a man who does not care whether you are a Muslim or a Christian, he is ready to attend to your needs and that is Atiku Abubakar.
“We are very convinced that he is able to unite Nigeria again. We are very convinced that he is able to work with all, particularly the security agencies to make sure that we have peace in this country again.
“We are very convinced that he is able to make our industries to grow, so that the youths of this country can have jobs again. We are vey convinced that he is able to make sure that youths will be able to have meaningful education and that is what we want in this nation. We cannot continue to destroy the future of Nigeria. We cannot continue to destroy the future of our youths.”
The National Chairman of PDP, Senator Iyorcha Ayu welcomed those who returned to PDP.
He noted that with the enough mineral resources in Niger, the state ought not to suffer poverty, adding that the government of APC, which promised of given security failed.
He said: “Niger state, unknown to so many people, has the highest concentration of mineral resources ranging from gold to every other thing possible under the ground. But unfortunately, under the APC, Niger state is almost the headquarter of poverty. It is also the headquarters of insecurity.
“At some point, 10 of the local governments in Niger state were occupied by bandits, yet we have a government that promised that it will give you change, it will give you security, it will give you development.”