Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections on Saturday took his campaign rally to Benin City, the Edo State capital where he unveiled his five points agenda with the unification of the country, Security for all and economy revitalisation topping the list.
While speaking at the flag-off, Atiku said, “Today we are before you to restate our five programmes’ committed to the people of this country which starts with a promise to unify this country.
“We promise to restore security and whatever is going to take us to do that would be pursued to a logical conclusion so that you can move day and night, go to your farms anywhere and any time.
“By that what we means is that we will put more policemen on the streets, we will equip and fortified them. Since we have promised to devolve more power to state and local governments, you can also have your local police and also make sure that your local police does not harass you”.
Atiku also promised that if elected president in 2023 his government will send back all eligible children to school and it will be a must that every child must go to school.
“If you remember during the PDP years we established primary schools education and made it compulsory in secondary schools and we were taxing Nigerians to educate these children but this APC government is not keeping to that promise and we promised you that every child must go to school from May 2023.
“The nation’s universities will not go on strike and I assured you by the grace of God I promised you that, just as we promised to revive the economy of this country.
“We will make sure that there are a lot of jobs for our children that are passing out of our schools and that is what we means by reviving the economy.
“We will work together with the private sector to make sure that industries and factories particularly here in Edo resume operations so that there will be a lot of jobs for you.
“Again we have promised infrastructural development in the country particularly in Edo here. Linking Edo to South and to the North and we will makes sure that all these roads are rehabilitated and motorable.
“What is most important in the life of a country like Nigeria is to make sure that we have an efficient rail system. We will and we shall together with the Private sector make sure that we have rail established across this country so that you can move freely as well as your goods and services move around the country”, Atiku said.
He urged the Edo people to remain steadfast with the PDP, adding, “you are known to be a PDP state you should continue to stick to PDP. PDP will be loyal to you and pay you back. You have seen how APC has destroyed the economics of this country, educational opportunities, jobs opportunities and APC is not a party to be supported.
“We have seen what Governor Godwin Obaseki has done and still doing in Edo State. We have seen what Governor Emmanuel Udom is doing in Akwa Ibom state, what Governor Aminu Tambuwa is doing in Sokoto state. Go to any PDP state you will find development
“You see what the governors of PDP states are doing. They build education, infrastructure and if you go to APC state you will not see anything.
“Therefore, we call on you to continue to be loyal to the party, and PDP will be loyal to you. I promised you that” he declared.
On his part, Governor Godwin Obaseki also called on the electorate to thrown their support behind Atiku and Okowa so that the legacy of the founding father of the state would be preserved.