Atiku in Ibadan, promises to restructure Nigeria
Lauds Makinde for success of campaign rally
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, vowed to restructure the country by devolving more powers to states, tackling insecurity, halting university strikes and industrialising the South-West region, which he described, as the economic hub of Nigeria.
Atiku, who stated this at a campaign rally at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, Oyo State, lauded Makinde for his support for the success of the exercise.
He said that restructuring is one of the pillars of his programmes, saying that it is the commitment he had made with Nigerians.
He also vowed to industrialise the South-West and make it an industrial hub.
Atiku urged the electorate in South-West, not only to vote for him (Atiku) and PDP’s candidates for National Assembly on February 25 but to also vote for Makinde’s re-election and candidates of State House of Assembly on March 11, 2023.
Makinde was roundly commended by all the party’s stakeholders, including Atiku, National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and host of others, for giving massive logistic support and using his office to create a conducive environment for the campaign to take place.
Wife of Atiku, Titi, urged Yoruba people to vote for her husband.
Okowa, on his part, said only the PDP could tackle Nigeria’s problems.
Ayu asked the people to vote for PDP to rescue Nigeria from debt and mis-governance.
Although Makinde was not present at the campaign rally, Chairman, Advisory Council to the Governor, Hosea Agboola, was present and made presentation, urging the electorate to vote for Atiku and Makinde respectively in the coming elections.
In one of his jokes, Spokesman of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Dino Melaye, said: “The presence of Agboola indicates Makinde’s endorsement, support and consent.”
He said Atiku and Makinde’s issue is like a father and son.
In a similar vein, former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Azeem Gbolarumi, commended Makinde for creating conducive environment for the rally, saying that it is an indication that a truce has finally been achieved.
Meanwhile, during an earlier meeting, yesterday, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, urged Atiku and other leaders of the PDP to do everything possible to ensure reconciliation with Makinde.
The Olubadan, who spoke through the Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, asked the PDP presidential candidate and other elders of the party to bring about genuine reconciliation between him and all aggrieved members of the party before the election, noting that there’s nothing like unity of purpose in an exercise of this nature.