Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has given a damning verdict on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying the government is dead.
Speaking at a rally in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Monday, the former vice president said the PDP would correct the mistake of voting the All Progressives Congress (APC) into government made in 2015.
He said: “Schools are not working, hospitals are not working; this is a dead government and we have the opportunity to correct it. We made the mistake, I made the mistake; today, we have retraced our steps and we are determined to correct the mistake that has been made.”
Atiku pointed out that for the past three years of APC government, it had not done anything but spread poverty.
“Do not be deceived by APC, you have seen them, you have voted for them, what have they done in this four years? What have they done here in Kogi State? They cannot even pay salaries and pensions.”
Stressing the poverty and unemployment rate in the country, especially in Kogi State, Atiku said: “Unemployment rate is very prominent in Kogi State and the whole country. You know our number one programme of the next PDP government is the creation of job. I want to commit to you before you that we will create as many jobs as possible to reduce the unemployment in our country.
“The inland ports which this government has abandoned, we started it in PDP. When you vote for PDP, we will come back and complete it for you.
“Kogi State is endowed with so many natural resources. Look, we want to convert those natural resources into tangible resources and the resources that can contribute to the improvement of your lives and that can bring development.
“We will make sure all the infrastructural development projects that had been abandoned, we complete them.
“I have always advocated for the restructuring of this country. If there is any state that is going to be beacon of progress, a beacon of hope after restructuring, it is Kogi State because Kogi State has all it takes to be one of the most promising states in this country.”
Referring to Senator Dino Melaye who is still being detained by the police, Atiku said: “Kogi State has one of the most prominent young politicians in this country. Today, he is under detention, unlawful detention for that matter. Dino, Dino. Free Dino, Free Dino, Free Dino.”
Also speaking, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said: “Come February 16, when it is time to vote, we will remember one thing, the poverty and the hunger. Also, the insecurity is too much. These are not meant for Nigeria, we are not born to suffer.”
“So, people of Kogi must go out on that day, but if you believe that this hunger is not enough you can follow them. But if you know it is time we ended this hunger in this country, this is the man you will vote for, a man that cares about his people. A man that has shown that he can unite Nigeria.
“My own presidential candidate cares, my own presidential candidate knows, my own presidential candidate reads. My own presidential candidate is ready to move Nigeria forward.
“My people of Kogi, it is a serious matter. A lot of people are looking for job, to provide job you must sabi how to do it. If don’t know how to do it, it cannot happen. So, if you want job, who knows how to create job? It is Atiku.
“If you think it’s a lie, I will remind you, the biggest employer of labour in Kogi state, under which party they start am? PDP.
“It’s not about propaganda, you are hungry, we are hungry. What do we want? PDP. And who? Atiku. So, don’t be afraid, when God is with you and you stand on the truth, God will protect you.
“I beg all our youths, women come February 16, let us go out and vote PDP and Atiku. You know Kwara and Kogi, we always move together, we are going Atiku.”