Former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has promised to site a refinery In Akwa Ibom State if elected president next month.
Atiku, who made the promise at the PDP presidential rally in Uyo yesterday, expressed regret over the downturn in the economyof the country occasioned by the inept leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government.
The former vice president who said that the restructuring of the country is no longer an issue of debate stated that such would even result in more prosperity for Akwa Ibom State.
Atiku who attributed every development in Akwa Ibom State in the area of education, health, industries and infrastructure to the PDP stated that the state would continue to progress as long as it remained in PDP.
He urged them not to be deceived into voting for candidates outside the PDP. The PDP presidential candidate maintained that the APC government has failed to deliver on its campaign promises by making the economy worse, increasing unemployment and failure to secure lives and property.
He asked the people of Akwa Ibom not to allow the poverty prevalent in many parts of the country to get to the state and pledged to improve the socio-economic standing of women and youth.
National chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus said the mammoth crowd at the rally is a testimony that the PDP is well accepted in the state warning that plans by the opposition to rig the elections in Akwa Ibom State would be resisted by the people of the state.
Secondus expressed disappointment over the dwindling fortunes of the country in all sectors even as the actions of Buhari remain a threat to the sustenance of democracy and the unity of the country.
He said that Nigerians are ready to recover the country from the inept administration of the APC and expressed belief in the total support of the voters for the party in the state.
The chairman warned that those playing god in the country would soon be disgraced as the cries and sufferings of the people of the country would not let such people go unpunished. He assured that the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) meeting would address the illegalities of Buhari insisting that the President must be made to reverse his decision on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
In his remarks, former governor of Anambra State and PDP vice presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi said the present federal government has failed to guarantee the security of lives and property of Nigerians while the economy has worsened with vague economic policies and implementation.
Obi regretted that Buhari has shown lack of intelligence in the governance of Nigeria and promised that with a sound economic and academic background, Abubakar would make Nigeria work again.
Governor Udom Emmanuel in his speech said the event has shown Nigerians that PDP is domiciled in Akwa Ibom and accused the APC of deceiving President Muhammadu Buhari by hiring non indigenes for their presidential rally. He said that PDP has always been a religion in Akwa Ibom since the return of democracy.
He added that the PDP remained the only party with a clear vision in solving the socio-economic problems of the country and blamed the APC for the collapse of the country’s economy and increase in unemployment.
The governor told Abubakar that Akwa Ibom people have faith in his ability to turn around the misfortunes of the country and reminded the audience that his government has brought hope to the economic recovery of the state and assured that Atiku’s promise to build a refinery in the state would become a reality.
Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke said the party would not be intimidated by the federal might of the APC as the people of the state are ready to defend their votes with their blood. Luke maintained that the victory of Udom Emmanuel is assured because of his performance in his first term.
In his welcome remarks, state chairman of the PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo maintained that PDP remained a religion in the state because the people of the state has not known any other party since 2019.
Ekpo who is also the national chairman of PDP state chairmen in the country assured Atiku that the state has always produced outstanding result for the PDP and promised that the state would deliver all the electoral votes in the state to PDP candidates.
Speaking for the people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem accused the APC of dividing and impoverishing Nigerians with bad leadership and maladministration.
Senator Bassey Albert while welcoming Atiku on behalf of the people of Uyo Senatorial District assured the former VP that the results produced by the PDP in Akwa Ibom would be reenacted with victory for the party in all the elections.
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