BENIN – The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council has said that if its candidate, Atiku Abubakar is voted as president, the PDP will reverse the wrongs of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The party made the commitment in Benin, the Edo State capital, when Atiku led other leaders of the PDP to address a rally at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Saturday.
The PDP presidential flag bearer, while addressing the mammoth crowd of PDP members at the campaign ground, spoke about his 5-point policy agenda.
According to Atiku, “my priority assignment as President is to unify this country. The current APC government has done a lot to destroy the unity of this country and it will be unfortunate to give them another opportunity to continue their bad job. So, I am going to correct that.
“Secondly, we are going to ensure that we provide security and make it possible again for Nigerians to travel across the country without any fear of security breach.
“We will also ensure that our children receive quality and sustainable education. The PDP did this by enacting the Universal Basic Education law, which gave the rights to our children to have compulsory education.
“Similarly, we shall boost the economy and bring in the private sector to create jobs for the youths; provide infrastructure and restore the confidence of Nigerians in the public sector.
“Again, we are going to make sure that we devolve more power3 and responsibilities to the state and local governments and bring the government closer to the people,” Atiku said.
Before attending the rally, Atiku had earlier gone to the palace of the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II to pay a courtesy visit to the monarch.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, the host governor, thanked the people of Edo State for coming out in large numbers to identify with the PDP, saying that “the PDP, by all standards, remains the best political party for the people of Edo State and Nigeria given the achievements of the party.”
Meanwhile the PDP presidential candidate of thewill commence a tour of states with high incidents of flooding across all geo-political zones in the country on Tuesday.
A press release by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe states that the PDP presidential flag bearer will be visiting Bayelsa State, to kickstart the tour.
According to Ibe, “the tours to states ravaged by flooding become incumbent in view of the trauma that the incidents have caused its victims.
“Consequently, the tours will provide the presidential candidate the opportunity to have an on-sight impact assessment of these flooding incidents and give him a veritable window to input those ecological concerns in his policy documents.”
Recall that the PDP presidential candidate had supported flood victims in Jigawa, Yobe and Kano long before now.
According to the statement, “He was also the first candidate to speak on the issue and had counselled that persons living around the most vulnerable areas be temporarily evacuated following the alert by the meteorological agency that a further 24 states faced the risk of major flooding”.
Sundiata Post recalls that Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, had recently called on other candidates to suspend their campaigns so as to focus on addressing the plight of victims of recent floods in various parts of the country.