By Huseyn Abubakar Mbar
Bauchi, Feb. 5, 2019
The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday in Bauchi reiterated his pledge to revamp the country’s economy if elected president.
Addressing people of the state during his party’s political rally, Atiku said Nigerians were now living in abject poverty and needed to be salvaged.
He also promised to create job opportunities of the teeming youth and other unemployed Nigerians.
The aspirant, therefore urged the people of the state to give him their mandate during the forthcoming elections, as well as vote other candidates of the PDP.
Earlier in his remarks, the North East Zonal Coordinator of Atiki/Obi Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, said he was impressed with the reception accorded Atiku and his entourage.
Dankwambo, also Governor of Gombe State, urged the people to vote for Atiku, adding that the PDP was working hard to return power back to the people.
Also speaking, the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Abdulkadir, said Atiku would enhance the welfare and living condition of the people if elected,
On his part, Abdulkadir said if voted as governor, he would join hands with Atiku to revamp the ailing Education and Health sectors in the state.
He said a PDP-led government in the state would tap all the mineral resources available, with a view to converting them into wealth for the people.
National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus, said the people of the state had chosen the right candidate that would wrestle power from the incumbent governor in the state.
Secondus, who later handed over the party’s flag to Abdulkadir, urged them to vote for Atiku for a better Nigeria.
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus also admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to stop using the military to harass and inconvenience geo-political areas he perceives as unfriendly.
Prince Secondus said that instead troops should be channeled to troubled areas of the country like the North East and North West zones than being deployed to harass political opponents.
The National Chairman’s remarks came as he addressed mammoth crowds of party supporters at the Taraba State Trade Fair Complex in Jalingo, Taraba state capital and Bauchi state sports stadium, Bauchi state on Tuesday as the Presidential train arrived the two states.
Prince Secondus said the party has noted the incessant movements in the military and the deployment of troops to areas where they are not needed.
“We have noted the quick response and frequent movements of the military personnel but we want to advice them to defend the constitution and the country and not individuals.
” The Boko haram threat in the North East and the bandits in the North West where innocent souls are lost daily are yearning for troops not areas that do not need it.
The National Chairman also blasted the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammad for making unsubstantiated allegations, charging him to provide evidence to his lies or forever remain mute.
“We challenge the lying Minister of Information, Lai Mohammad to provide evidence to support his numerous lies or keep quiet.” He said that the Minister should take a cue from the PDP who alleged that the APC was importing foreigners to rig election and provided all the evidence.
Prince Secondus also had some words for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for reacting promptly to the party’s allegation but said that the party is not convinced that it (INEC) can resist the pressure of the APC to want to manipulate the election.
But he warned that a rigged election will lead to crisis and the PDP will not accept any result if the process is not credible.
The National Chairman told the people of the two states that the Presidential candidate Atiku represents competence, and remains the symbol of unity to bring back peace and harmony among Nigerians.
The presidential candidate continued his issue driven message assuring the people of the two states that his Presidency if given the mandate will alleviate poverty and provide jobs.
In Jalingo, the National Chairman paid glowing tribute to one of the elder-statesmen in the country from the state, former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma describing him as a patriot who has made enormous contributions for the peace and growth of the country.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, said that the February 16 Presidential election offers a very rare opportunity for the north east to produce a president in the person of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking in Bauchi on Tuesday at the Presidential campaign rally of the PDP, Hon Dogara noted that some people had thought that the north east could never be able to produce someone that will have the golden opportunity of becoming the president of Nigeria.
“They thought no one from the north east would come out to take the challenge. Many unpatriotic people wished that a day like this will never come where one of us; a father, a leader from North East, will contest for the position of the president.”
He added that whereas Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world, the north east is the poverty capital of Nigeria, a situation that will change when “one of us, our leader form the North East, and who is getting a huge acceptance wherever he launches his campaign, is brought to power.”
Furthermore, he stated, “It is now left to us, the people of the north east, to come out enmasse to vote for him. That’s the only way to show our total support for a better tomorrow, and who ever votes otherwise has shown that he is not after the development of North East.
“I want to make it clear to you, we are not campaigning for Atiku just because he is from our zone, no, we are campaigning and supporting him because of our belief that he will work for a better Nigeria. He is the only one that will bring an end to hunger, poverty, insurgency, especially Boko Haram, and also one who will make education a top priority. He will provide jobs to our youths.”
The speaker argued that Atiku will work to unite the country and return it on the path of development, while taking a swipe at the Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, who he described as a Pharoah.
“It is only in Bauchi that a Pharaoh-like regime is being practiced. If you are a photocopy of Pharaoh, know what happened to the original Pharaoh.
“We are bringing someone who will bring back the lost glory of our dear state. It’s unfortunate that over 1.3 million children in Bauchi State are out of school today, which means if care is not taken, we may face another bigger security challenge of our lives in the near future.
“Let us wake up and chase away hunger, poverty, insecurity and a Pharaoh-like government,” he charged.
Top leaders of the two states including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, as well as the Governors of Gombe and Taraba states Ibrahim Dankwambo and Darius Ishaku respectively also addressed the rally.
The Presidential campaign train still stays in the North East with a move to the Borno and Yobe states on Wednesday.