The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday said his party “has come to rescue the people from the suffering, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) has put us into,” saying steps taken by the APC since 2015 had ended in failure.
Mr. Abubakar said this at the North-Central zonal presidential campaign rally held at the Metropolitan Square, Ilorin, declaring that the PDP was on a rescue mission to save Nigeria from further sinking.
According to him, the APC has misgoverned the country by making promises which were not fulfilled.
He said, “In 2015, the APC promised us security which they failed to provide. They promised us food on our table, but today we are hungry. They promised us good health facility and adequate supply of drugs in our hospitals which they failed to do. They promised to fight corruption but worsen the system.
“Every step they take is a failure. In terms of corruption, they are the worst; in the provision of security, they have failed; they failed to create jobs for our teeming youths and today, inflation has taken over. In 2014, Hajj fare was N600,000 but in 2018, it has jumped to N1.5m, food prices have gone up and they continue to tell the people of this country lies.”
Speaking also at the rally, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who is from Kwara and the Director General of Atiku Campaign organization, asked Nigerians to vote President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC out of power in 2019 because the ruling party failed to deliver on all its 2015 campaign promises.
“The APC promised Nigeria a lot of things. They promised us security. Then we had security problem only in the North-East, but now it has extended to North-Central and even the North-West. APC has failed because security has worsened.
“People are dying of hunger because economy has gone terribly bad. They have also failed in fighting corruption. The hunger is serious in the country today. Nigeria is today world’s poverty capital. We need a president that will fix the economy, create jobs and unite Nigerians.
“This APC government must go because events of the past three years have shown that they don’t have solutions to all these problems. We must vote this government out and elect Atiku as our next president. My people of Kwara and North central, we must vote out Buhari. Atiku is solution to Nigeria’s problem,” Saraki said.
Mr. Abubakar during a courtesy call on the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu-Gambari, denied the report that the party rented crowd for its North-West zonal rally held in Sokoto.
“There is no iota of truth in the claims that the crowd that you saw during our visit to Sokoto State were people hired from Niger Republic. They are our genuine supporters and that is a clear indication that people are tired of the current government. We are here to receive your blessings and permission to talk to our people and seek their votes for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Peter Obi,” he stated.
The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, in his remarks told Mr. Abubakar that his “ambition is clear, legitimate and you need the protection of God for you to move round the nation for campaigns. Nigeria is so connected and we need to respect each other.”
However, he urged the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, to be an unbiased umpire in the 2019 elections.