By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—THE Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, called on Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari over his inability to fulfill the numerous promises he made in 2015.
He said this during the PDP zonal rally at Mapo Hall, Ibadan.
At the rally were Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Senator Ben Bruce, and former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, among others.
Buhari, APC deceived Nigerians — Atiku
Atiku said: “In 2015, some liars, deceitful people came here to deceive us and we gave them our votes. But we have discovered that they have failed to deliver all the promises they made to Nigerians. In the history of this country, the best prosperity, peace, and educational advancement we all enjoyed under the Peoples Democratic Party.”
“He (Buhari) promised us jobs. But instead of giving us jobs, over 12 million jobs have been lost. They promised to alleviate poverty but we are becoming poorer as a country. Now, Nigeria is the poverty capital of the whole world. Is this kind of government you want to continue with? If I’m given the opportunity, we shall return prosperity to this country.
“Everyone knows that I chaired the best economic team in this country. If you give me the opportunity again, I will organize the best team that would bring economic prosperity back to this country. South West has been known for educational advancement, if I’m given the opportunity, I will ensure that this zone regain its glory.
“One of the most touted things is restructuring of this country. Today, I pledge that within six months, we shall begin the process of restructuring. I have lived in this city and I am not a stranger to Ibadan or Yoruba race, therefore, don’t believe APC again. PDP needs your support. This Buhari must go.”
Nigeria is in crisis— Secondus
Also speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus said “there is only one person APC is afraid of and the person is Atiku. APC is afraid because they know it is Atiku who can rescue this country.”
Speaking further, the PDP chairman said: “Nigeria is in crisis. Atiku has achieved a lot in public and private sectors. An emperor of APC says Buhari is not fit. So, by February 16, 2019, let all of us troop out and cast our vote for PDP. Don’t allow INEC, security agencies to manoeuvre or intimidate you. They promised us security of lives in 2015. But, look at the killings going on in the country. When they kill, the President will say he is not aware. His government has collapsed.”
In addition, he said: “Under this government, corruption has gone to the highest level. APC has gone to Nigeria Ports Authority to raise money for election. All government agencies should be careful. Enough is enough.”
APC failed Nigerians— Saraki
On his part, Senator Saraki, noted that APC failed to deliver on its promises to Nigerians.
“But, today, security has gone worse in the North East, Ogun and other parts of the country. There is insecurity and hunger in the South West. We need someone who would bring food on the table. I was in Ilorin, yesterday, people said the suffering is too much. What you can do to stop it is to go out and vote. Nobody can give us employment. It is Atiku.”
”He has business ventures. Just yesterday, 42 political parties teamed up with Atiku and promised that they would send Buhari to Daura.”