Atiku promises more resources for N/Delta region

January 24, 2023
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has promised to make more resources available to the Niger Delta region if elected as president in next month’s election.

Atiku made the promise yesterday during his campaign rally in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. He stressed that the Niger Delta region desired more restructuring than any other part of the country. He said: “We propose to restructure this country, you people in the Niger Delta need more restructuring than any other part of this country. We would give you more resources and power to deal with your problems.

“You don’t need to always beg the federal government for everything when you are actually producing the resources of the country, so we will devolve more power and resources to you in the Niger Delta.”

He urged Bayelsans to continue to vote for the PDP, saying he is committed to implementing his five key programmes.

The PDP candidate lamented that Nigerians have never been divided along ethnic and religious fault lines as they were today and promised to unify the country if elected. His words: “I want to unify the country because we have never been this divided along a number of fault lines; either North and South or Muslim and Christian.

“I am going to give every part of this country a sense of belonging in the next PDP government. I promise to tackle insecurity. Here in Bayelsa State, you have faced a number of security challenges. You have lost so many people due to a breach of law and order. I promise I will restore security in this country.

“I also said I am going to tackle the economy of this country. If you recall, the PDP government between 1999 and 2015, we had the best economy in Africa. But the APC has pushed us back and brought us down.

“We promised that we are going to tackle the economy and make sure that we provide jobs and other opportunities for our young men and women to be gainfully employed; either in the private sector or public sector.”

Atiku and his running mate, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, were received on arrival in Yenagoa, the state capital by Governor Douye Diri, his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, candidates contesting for National Assembly seats on the platform of the party and top government functionaries, party faithful, among others.

Governor Diri urged party faithful and Nigerians to vote for Atiku, saying that the PDP standard bearer had the character, capacity and competence to lead the country.

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