2023: I’ll unify Nigeria, release all Abuja indigenes’ entitlements, says Atiku
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has promised to ensure the unity of the country, make life better for the people and ensure Nigerian universities don’t go on strike if elected president.
The former Nigerian vice president stated this on Saturday at the PDP’s presidential rally at Abuja’s Eagles Square, where he also promised to release all entitlements of Abuja indigenes, including the much demanded constitutional review.
Atiku praised the loyalty of PDP supporters in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, saying that the party doesn’t take it for granted.
“We have no reason to believe you won’t support us again,” said Atiku. “We are here to pledge that if you support us we will give you all your entitlement; appointments and other demands including constitutional review.
“In the process of restructuring we will give you all what belongs to you.”
On the issue of security, Atiku vowed to secure the nation’s capital if elected.
“We shall protect and secure Abuja for your own safety. You know my five-point agenda, I will unify the county; no part of the country will be left untouched. Peace for everyone. This I promise you.”
Atiku seized the opportunity to take a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress over the recent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which lasted for eight months, promising that the nation’s universities will never experience another strike under his PDP-led government.
“We have promised education is key for everyone, we will make our universities remain open forever,” he said.
He further told the PDP supporters that, “Abuja will be the first to feel the impact of the government. PDP Will fulfill all its obligations to you. We are not taking your loyalty for granted! We will pay back but not with hunger and insecurity.”
Earlier, Atiku’s running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, in his address, noted that the PDP Is stronger than it has ever been in the FCT.
He told party supporters that “We need to rescue our people from where the APC has left us. We must work together with youths, women, and elders to collectively steer the ship of this country to a safe harbour.
“The people are tired of the APC government; they are angry and hungry. Nigeria requires a man with experience to rescue the country and Atiku is the only candidate that has a solution to the problems of this country,” Okowa stated.
On his part, PDP chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, said: “Atiku will continue from where he left off under (former President Olusegun) Obasanjo. We don’t want a president that will deceive you, an experimental president.
“Insecurity has bedeviled the country, especially the FCT. If Atiku is voted, he will restore security to the country,” Ayu told the gathering.
Aminu Tambuwal, the DG of the Atiku presidential campaign council, who spoke earlier said: “I am sure you know who the cap fits; he has experience and he is familiar with the people. This team is being led by the unifier, and he is prepared for the unification of the country, from restructuring to infrastructure. I urge you all to vote the PDP from bottom to top,” he said.