Atiku urges Lagosians to end APC’s 23-year rule, says ruling party “lying about developing Lagos’
*Vows to set aside $10b for youth and women empowerment
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has warned the people of Lagos against returning the All Progressives Congress (APC) to power at both the state and federal levels in next February’s general elections.
The former Nigerians vice president, who spoke at the PDP’s presidential rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, also discredited the APC’s claims of building major infrastructures in the state. He added that only “a single family has ruled the state for 23 years.”
He said: “The Federal Government built the Third Mainland Bridge, Agege Motor Road, and other road infrastructures in the state. The APC government is lying to you about developing Lagos.
“It is time for you to liberate yourself from a family government in power for over 23 years, by voting Jandor as your governor,” added Atiku, referring to the PDP’s governorship candidate, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran.
Atiku also promised to privatize all of Nigeria’s dormant refineries to raise $10 billion for women and youth empowerment in the country.
“I will set aside $10b to empower young men and women,” he said. “People have asked how I will get the money but If I privatise the Warri refinery and others, I will get the money,” he told the crowd at the Tafawa Balewa Square.
Atiku further emphasised restructuring of the country if elected in February.
Recall that many elder statesmen in the country have called for a constitutional restructuring of Nigeria which they argue would solve some of the national problems currently facing Africa’s most populous country.
Earlier, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos, Jandor, told the party’s supporters that he will stop all forms of harassment by the NURTW and other miscreants operating in the state’s motor parks and garages.
He said: “In the last 23 years we haven’t seen anything in Lagos and it is time for us to have a meaningful government in Lagos by voting me.”
“The poverty rate has increased since (Governor Babajide) Sanwo-Olu took over despite his claims of investment of N10b in the employment trust fund in Lagos.”
“Funke and I have been contributing our quota and employing people,” he said, referring to his running mate Funke Akindele. “We pay our taxes but Sanwo-Olu and his deputy don’t.
“Let me use this opportunity to tell the people of Lagos that you say the touts are terrorizing you but the government doesn’t want that to stop. As your governor, I will stop all forms of harassment in markets and motor parks and this is our pledge to the people of Lagos,” said Jandor.
Speaking also at the rally, Atiku’s running mate and governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, told the crowd that, “I know Lagos is ready to deliver a massive vote for the PDP in the 2023 polls.”
“Atiku is acceptable all over the country and he is the one who can deliver to the people. PDP wants to restore the lost glory of the country.
“The resources of Lagos must be used for the people. Not where the rich will become richer and the poor poorer. Atiku is the only candidate that can restore the glory of this country. Therefore go from door-to-door and house-to-house to campaign to the people. PDP will restore Nigeria’s greatness,” Okowa said.
On his part, the chairman of the PDP, Iyorcha Ayu, told the gathering that Atiku will make Nigeria the best country in Africa.
He assured the people of Lagos that if Atiku is elected, he would abolish the multiple taxation system in Nigeria’s economic powerhouse.
“Lagos is going to be liberated. We are going to rescue Lagos from the hands of people who don’t want the progress of Nigeria. Liberating Lagos is liberating Nigeria,” Ayu said.
“It is a state that shouldn’t be in poverty. Atiku is ready to liberate Lagos. He won’t overtax you like the multiple taxation going on in Lagos.”
Ayu also urged the crowd to “vote Jandor and all our candidates and above all we shall recover the Aso Rock.”