- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised to revive all the sea ports in Delta state if elected president in the 2019 presidential election
- The presidential candidate of the PDP made the promise on Thursday, January 31
- Alhaji Atiku also promised to complete the second Niger Bridge which links Delta and Anambra states
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised to revive all the sea ports in Delta state and complete the second Niger Bridge if he emerges as president.
Atiku made the promise on Thursday, January 31 during the presidential campaign rally of the party in Asaba as thousands of Deltans took over all available space at the Stephen Keshi Stadium and spilled through miles on all access roads to the venue, in solidarity with the PDP.
Excited with the huge turnout of people, Atiku commended Governor Okowa for improving on the fortunes of the PDP in the state.
He went on to say: “I will reactivate all the sea ports in Delta state and you know that my wife is from Onitsha, so, we won't have any option than to complete the second Niger Bridge.
“I promise you that our elections, all the infrastructure projects that have been abandoned by the federal government will be completed; the All Progressive Congress (APC) has failed to deliver; for you to continue reaping the benefits of good governance, continue to vote for PDP; we are all members of the PDP family, no space for APC.”
He continued, “your governor, Senator Okowa is one of the best governors this country has produced, we are grateful to Deltans for being loyal to the PDP since 1999; the roads that you have in the state came through the PDP, most of the development in the state were done by the PDP, so, why will Deltans not vote for PDP?”
Governor Okowa at the rally, stated that Deltans are peace-loving, adding that his administration has built bridges of unity among the people which Atiku will replicate once he emerges as president by uniting all Nigerians and making them to live in peace.
The governor listed the achievements of his administration in the health sector, job creation, health, road construction and summed it up by calling on all Nigerians to vote for the PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections as such would attract development to the country.
“The most important thing to us as a people is that we are seeing the future, a future which the PDP will bring peace to our entire country; we are prepared for the elections and from the crowd we have today, you (Atiku) will be encouraged to know that Deltans will vote PDP in large numbers, and we will defend our votes,” the governor said.
On his part, director-general of the campaign organisation and Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, congratulated Governor Okowa for his developmental efforts, especially, for constructing the Stephen Keshi Stadium, noting that the governor “understands the act of governance.”
Saraki said it was important for Nigerians to vote for Atiku because, such will boost the confidence of investors, boost the economy and create job opportunities for the people.
His words: “Investors do not go to countries where there is no rule of law, countries where security of lives and property is not guaranteed; don't waste your votes for the APC, don't be afraid, we will monitor the votes so that they cannot rig, a vote for Alhaji Abubakar is a vote to boost our economy, provide jobs for our people; vote for the PDP.”
Also speaking, the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus warned that any attempt to rig the elections would be resisted and spell doom for the country.
“We are aware that there are patriotic Nigerians in INEC, if the election is rigged, there will be war because, everybody is ready for the elections; the security agencies should obey the constitution and be neutral or else, there will be crisis.
“Nigerians should come out and vote and defend their votes because, the votes must count so that we can vote out someone who has brought disgrace to the nation.
“We need digital president and Atiku is that digital president; Alhaji Abubakar can interact and engage the youths, he will be in charge and the government would not be in the hands of cabals,” he said.
Atiku had on Monday, January 28, received the traditional title of Obong Emem Akwa Ibom while in the state in continuation of his campaigns to lead Nigeria.
The was done on behalf of the traditional rulers in the state by the chairman, State Council of Chiefs, HRM Ntong Effiong Udoakpa, the paramount ruler of Ini local government area.
The PDP presidential candidate also used the opportunity to interface with monarchs in the state and receive their blessings ahead of the February 16 contest.
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