Atiku Abubakar, PDP’s presidential candidate, reiterates his commitment to restructuring the country, with a focus on devolving power and resources to states at a campaign rally in Bayelsa State. He also promises to resolve the fuel crisis by constructing additional refineries.
Atiku emphasizes Bayelsa’s history as a PDP stronghold with a history of producing governors and a president, and promises to address the frequent ASUU strikes by increasing funding for education during his administration
Atiku emphasizes Bayelsa’s history as a PDP stronghold and states that everything seen in the state today was provided by PDP government, he urges the people of Bayelsa not to make the mistake of leaving PDP, as the future of Bayelsa State and Nigeria is tied to PDP. He also reiterates his commitment to implementing five key programs in the country, including unifying the country and giving every part of the country a sense of belonging in the next PDP government.
Atiku Abubakar promises to address the issues of insecurity in Bayelsa State, where many lives have been lost due to law and order breaches. He also pledges to revive the country’s economy, which he claims was the best in Africa under PDP government from 1999 to 2015, but has been negatively impacted by the current APC government. He promises to create jobs and opportunities for young men and women in both the private and public sectors.
“We assure that there will be no more strikes by ASUU, as we will allocate significant resources towards education to ensure that our students receive a proper education without interruption.”
Atiku Abubakar promises to restructure the country, with a focus on devolving more powers and resources to states, particularly to the Niger Delta region. He emphasizes that this is one of the key areas of his developmental programs and appeals for the support, understanding, and cooperation of the people in order to achieve these goals.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the vice presidential candidate, stated that PDP has never lost a presidential election since 1999 and urged Bayelsa and the Niger Delta states to give PDP a minimum of 700,000 and 5 million votes respectively. Senator Seriake Dickson, the Senator representing Bayelsa West, expressed his support for Atiku’s proposed policies of restructuring and power devolution and thanked Atiku for appointing him as his Technical Adviser on Restructuring and National Integration, emphasizing that Atiku’s election is crucial for the restructuring of Nigeria.
He stated that Atiku is the best candidate for power devolution and restructuring, and that Atiku has been a part of Bayelsa’s story since 1999. He also mentioned that he is honored to have been appointed as Atiku’s Special Adviser on Restructuring and National Integration and that Atiku is an original believer and proponent of restructuring Nigeria. Governor Douye Diri also noted that Atiku is the only candidate who has been talking about resource control and restructuring the country, which are important issues in the Ijaw nation.
Governor Diri emphasized that with the support of leaders such as Senator Dickson, Chief Timi Alaibe, and the Prosperity Government, PDP is well positioned to deliver Atiku in Bayelsa. He also mentioned that with the election being conducted using BVAS, the youth and women are supporting PDP to ensure Atiku’s victory in February, and stated that Atiku is the President-in-waiting.
Others who spoke at the rally, including PDP’s National Chairman, Iyiocha Ayu, and the Director General of Governor Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom) promised that a PDP government at the federal level would improve the quality of life for Niger Deltans and all Nigerians. The rally was attended by the wives of the Delta and Bayelsa State governors, Dr. Mrs. Gloria Diri, Governor Godwin Obaseki (Edo), former Vice President Nnamadi Sambo, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara, former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Timi Alaibe, among others.
Source: Vanguard News