Atiku at Osun rally, promises to tackle insecurity, youth unemployment if elected
• Atiku’s emergence will unsettle evil in Nigeria, says gov
• Osun LP guber candidate, Lasun Yusuf, defects to PDP
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, promised Osun State people that he would start addressing challenges of insecurity, youth unemployment and economic deprivation, among others, from the first day he assumes office if elected as president.
Atiku, who gave the promise during a presidential campaign rally at the Freedom Park area of Osogbo, Osun State capital, thanked the people of the state for voting for Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governor of the state overwhelmingly at the July 16 governorship election in Osun State.
He, therefore, urged the people to replicate same for him at the 2023 presidential election.
He said that if a PDP government emerges at the centre, it would be to the greater good of Osun State because his administration at the federal level would empower Adeleke with more resources to do what are needed to be done in terms of provision of infrastructures for development, investing in education, healthcare and bringing about industrialisation for the economic benefit of the people of the state.
In his remarks, Adeleke said that Atiku’s emergence would unsettle evil in Nigeria because the former vice president has the fear of God.
Also speaking at the rally, National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, said that of all the presidential candidates jostling to be elected as the next President, it is only Atiku who has the experience, will and ability to pull the country out of its current ugly conditions.
MEANWHILE, a former governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the July 16 governorship election in the state, Lasun Yusuf, formally defected to PDP at the rally.
Adeleke announced Yusuf’s defection alongside his supporters to the PDP, while members cheered.
HOWEVER, the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the untold hardship created for inhabitants of Osogbo through the blockage of some major roads because of the rally.
A statement by the Osun APC Media Director, Kola Olabisi, said: “Motorists and pedestrians in Osogbo, the state capital, woke up this morning to observe that the road from Onisekere to Okefia and Lameco to Okefia were blocked by the police who are acting on the authority of Governor Ademola Adeleke.
“There is no justifiable reason for Adeleke to have deliberately subjected the innocent and peace-loving people of the state to untold and avoidable suffering because of the visit of an individual whose mission in the state has nothing to do with the government’s business.
“It is more worrisome that the new administration in the state could flagrantly choose to add to the economic suffering of the people of the state who have to pay cut-throat fares because of the scarcity of fuel that is ravaging the state.
“The blockage of the roads is an indication that the Adeleke government is insensitive, inconsiderate and glaringly oppressive. Why must all the inhabitants of Osogbo be made to go through this harrowing experience because an individual, Atiku, carried his campaign train to the state capital?”