- Atiku Abubakar's presidential ambition has received a boost ahead of 2019 general elections
- The PDP presidential candidate's friends in the UK have asked Nigerian electorate to vote for him in the February 16 election
- Friends of the PDP presidential candidate in UK asked Nigerians to vote for him at the poll
- According to the group, any government that fails to affect the lives of its citizenry in one term of office must not be given a second term
Ahead of February 16 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar's ambition received a boost as his friends in UK appealed to all Nigerians to vote for the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party.
This is contained in a statement by the UK and Edo state coordinators, Iyore Ugiagbe and Isaiah Osifo respectively, Vanguard reports.
The group urged the law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to disallow the evil practice of vote buying and any other electoral malpractices during the elections.
The statement read: “We enjoin the Nigerian electorate to vote for Atiku Abubakar as president in the 2019 election. We call on the government of Nigeria to safeguard the lives of its citizenry and to ensure the conduct of a safe, free and fair election in the 2019 general elections.
“We urge the respective law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to disallow the evil practice of vote buying and any other electoral malpractices during the elections.”
In his keynote address, Osifo dismissed the APC claim of financial prudence, saying national budget and public expenditure do not bear out the figures bandied by the party.
According to him, APC inherited the fastest growing economy in Africa, but today, Nigeria's economy is near collapse and unemployment rate is the highest since Nigeria independence.
"APC claim to be prudent in finances and a record of high internal revenue, but these figures do not reflect in our national budget and public expenditure. The APC/Buhari anti- corruption policy is a ruse and deliberately targeted at members of opposition political party or perceived enemies of president Buhari," he added.
Ugiagbe in his welcome address strongly appealed to the UK government, USA and other international observers "to disregard the empty threat of ‘returning in body bags" issued by Kaduna governor, Nasir El Rufai, because the Nigerian people support its role in ensuring the conduct and outcome of free and fair election in Nigeria.
“As Nigerians in the Diaspora, we do not want a next level of ‘gaffes’ One term of four years is enough to impact the lives of a nation positively. Any government that fails to affect the lives of its citizenry in one term of office must not be given a second term. The present government has failed," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that no fewer than 30,000 members of the ruling APC in Adamawa state on Monday, November 12, joined the PDP ahead of 2019 general elections.
The defectors were led by a popular politician from the southern senatorial district of the state, Reverend Habila Istifanus.
Adamawa South senatorial district is the home of the PDP's presidential candidate for 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar.
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