Close up on PDP presidential flagbearer’s campaign stop at Akwa Ibom
By Nsikan Ikpe
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Monday promised to ensure a refinery is established in Akwa Ibom State if voted into power.
Alhaji Abubakar made the pledge during his presidential campaign in the state in response to an appeal made by the State Governor and gubernatorial candidate of the party in the forth coming general election, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
He expressed concern over the failure of the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration in the centre to deliver on its promise to improve on the economy and security in the country.
“Today we have the highest rate of unemployment in the history of the country. Today United Nations has declared Nigeria the headquarters of poverty in the world this is what APC has brought for you.
To achieve this, he called on the people of the state to vote for the candidates of the PDP from the President, National Assembly, Governor and the State House of Assembly elections.
The country, he said is in distress with the whole world being aware is it the our economy has collapsed.
Also urging the state to vote for Governor Emmanuel, he said “God has given you the most hard working, intelligent, resourceful, energetic innovative, world class banker that will be putting food on the table of Akwa Ibom people.
Also speaking, the former Governor of Anambra state and PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi said the present APC government has failed to guarantee the security of lives and property of Nigeria while the economy has worsened with vague economic policies and implementation.
He said President 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.
The State Governor and PDP Governorship candidate, Mr Emmanuel said the mammoth crowd was evidence that PDP is domiciled in Akwa Ibom and was indeed a religion of sorts in the state .
He stressed that with Abubakar Nigeria is assured of a sound economic platform for economic recovery adding 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 said Akwa Ibom people have faith in the ability of Atiku Abubakar 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 remained a reality.
Speaker 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 the victory of Udom Emmanuel is assured because of his performance in his first tenure.
In his welcome remarks, state chairman of the PDP Obong Paul Ekpo had said 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 results for the PDP and promised him that the PDP would deliver all the electoral votes in the state to all the 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 result produced by the PDP in Akwa Ibom would be re-enacted with victory for the party in all the elections.
Akwa Ibom PDP Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo