The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has sworn to ensure that students will no longer be out of school and there will be opportunities for gainful employment if elected as the president of Nigeria in the 2023 General elections.
Atiku who stated this on Monday during the flag off of his Presidential campaigns at the Nest of Champions, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State said the PDP would rescue Nigeria from hunger, poverty, insecurity, lack of jobs and disunity.
The presidential candidate regretted that the change which APC government brought in 2015 had launched the country into suffering promising that PDP would clean up the mess and return Nigeria to its lost and desired glory.
He said he would dedicate the launch of the campaigns to the steadfastness and achievements of the Akwa Ibom PDP.
“We want to dedicate the launching of this campaign to the achievements of the Akwa Ibom PDP for good governance. When PDP came to power in 1999, we met Nigeria in a state of poverty, insecurity, hunger, lack of education.
“We lifted Nigeria from the bottom to the top. We became the biggest economy in Africa, we had peace, we had progress. But when Nigeria said they wanted change, they voted for change in 2015. What we have seen is poverty, insecurity, lack of jobs and disunity. Our children are no longer going to school. Is that what we want to continue in?
“So, today, we have inaugurated the flag off of our campaign to rescue Nigeria. To rescue Nigeria from hunger, to rescue Nigeria from poverty, and also bring back the unity that we require in this country.
“I swear, If you vote for PDP, you will not be out of school, you will get jobs, there will be security, there will be unity,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Vice Presidential candidate and Governor of Delta State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa said PDP was determined to rescue Nigeria and make it a nation where people can trust each other.
Chairman of PDP Presidential Campaign Council and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel said the campaign will restore hope and faith in the common dreams of the people.
“Poverty today has gotten to misery indices. When PDP handed over power, the exchange rate was N186 to a dollar. Today, the exchange rate is almost N800 to a dollar. When PDP handed over power, Nigeria had the largest economy in the entire Africa, today, all those indices have been battered. Today, we want to flag off the hope for Nigeria, we want to flag off the rescue mission to Nigeria.” He said.
On his part, the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu commended the people for the support, saying the crowd showed that the PDP train was more than a party.
“Let us all join hands together because we have the solutions. We will restore the economy of Nigeria to its glory. You have already witnessed from all our governors. All our PDP governors have done well and we want all these people to join hands with our incoming president to redeem Nigeria. Nigeria, PDP would not disappoint you,” he stated.
On his part, the Director General, PDP Presidential Campaign Management Committee, Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal said the duo of Atiku and Okowa would rescue Nigeria from its problems.
“Our party is presenting hope. These two great Nigerians are moving the party forward. These two Nigerians will move the country forward. We have a balanced ticket that can deliver Nigeria from its current situation. I call on Nigerians to vote this team that would rescue Nigeria,” he stated.