The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar said that the change of government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has only brought insecurity, hardship and economic collapse in our country.
Speaking at the PDP presidential campaign in Minna, Niger State, Atiku said only PDP can bring peace and remove insecurity in Niger and by extension in Nigeria.
“We pray that God brings 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 to power, we will eliminate insecurity in Niger.
“We also assure you that the Baro port that the PDP first constructed before you demanded change, now have you seen the change? What did the change bring? 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.
In other words, PDP Presidential Campaign Chairman and Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel said that when Atiku is elected, Niger State will regain its glory.
He said that Atiku is the only man with experience who can bring the country to where it should 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 a motorcycle it was 80,000 naira, but today how much is a motorcycle, can you vote for such a party that has brought hardship?
“How much is a bag of rice now, how much was it in 2015, will you vote for such a party again? The only man that will make sure you have enough milk in your tea 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 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 type of person Atiku is, Okowa said PDP brought a father, “a humble man, a man ready to take care of you, a man ready to love all Nigerians, a man who does not care if you are a Muslim or a Christian, he is ready to meet your needs, 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 grow so that the youths of this country can have jobs again. We are very 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 in the state.
He noted that with enough mineral resources in Niger, the state ought not to suffer poverty, adding that the government of APC, which promised to give 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.”