The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has promised practical measures to end Boko Haram insurgency and restore peace to Borno, if elected.
Atiku gave the assurance at the PDP presidential rally on Wednesday at the Ramat Square, in Maiduguri. The campaign train had earlier gone through Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State.
He said that if given the mandate, he would adopt effective security programmes to end insurgency, protect lives and property as well as enhance peace-building processes in the region.
Atiku said that he would initiate programmes to fast track rehabilitation, resettlement of displaced communities and address humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency.
He added that the party had sound manifestos to reinvigorate agriculture, education, reduce poverty, enhance employment generation and create wealth.
“I will implement sound programmes to stimulate sustainable rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced communities. I will ensure safe return of displaced persons to their homes.
“We will implement practical programmes to transform agriculture and education to empower the youths and women for the improvement of social and economic status of the people,” Atiku said.
He called on security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the conduct of transparent, free, fair and credible elections, stressing that the ruling APC government was planning to rig by posting state Commissioners of Police and urged them and INEC not to allow themselves to be used.
He said “Buhari must go. I know you people of Borno are fearless, so say Buhari must go. If you elect me you are going back home and we will empower you. When time comes for election vote for all PDP candidates,” he urged the crowd, advising them not to make the mistake of voting APC again, as the party has failed Nigerians.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus alerted the nation of the plot of the ruling APC to rig election in Borno and Yobe states through the camps of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the two states.
He told the mammoth crowd of party supporters in Damaturu and Maiduguri that the party is privy to a credible intelligence showing that the APC is plotting to use the IDP camps for the manipulation.
Prince Secondus told the people that President Buhari and his APC have failed in their promise to restore peace in the region, the reason he was voted in 2015.
He said that the President failed the people because he is not in charge as he sourced out the presidency to the cabals who now decide to help themselves.
The National Chairman told the jubilant crowd that the PDP candidate, the former Vice President who hails from the region is equipped to tackle the security challenges of the region as well as confront the issue of poverty, jobs and hunger.
“Atiku has been tested and tried both in the public and private sectors, he is energetic and will work for twenty four hours to find solutions to your problems and he will be the symbol of unity for the country.
Secondus reiterated his earlier position that the party will not accept the result of a rigged election, noting that the APC has already confirmed their rigging intention on Tuesday at their Ekiti state rally.
He also warned the APC to stop politicizing the security operations in the country by trying to influence the posting of Police Commissioners and other security personnel.
In his remarks, the PDP governorship candidate in Borno state, Alhaji Mohammed Imam said that contrary to the notion that Borno is a home of APC, that Borno is the home of PDP as justified by the presence of the crowd that came to welcome Atiku.
He thanked the crowd for their patience, resilience and support and urged them to extend same on the election day.
The high points of the rally in the two states was the handing over of victory flags to the PDP governorship candidates.
The PDP Presidential campaign train heads North West on Thursday to Katsina the home state of President Buhari.