- Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar and the PDP have identified People With Disabilities
- The former vice president and presidential candidate of the PDP says the PWDs are key stakeholders in the Nigerian project
- Atiku noted that with about 20 million members, the PWDs are very important to the PDP's policy plans
FCT, Abuja - Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has told People With Disability, PWDs, not to vote the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.
The former vice president who stated this while speaking at the inauguration of PDP’s People With Disabilities National Campaign Council, said the APC has failed to implement the persons with disability’s law despite the passage of the bill by the National Assembly.
“APC has refused to implement the PWD law and you have no reason to vote APC again. I really want you to identify your membership and tell them to vote for a party that has recognized you and has given them a special place which is PDP.
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“Let me congratulate you on your inauguration into our presidential campaign council as well as the celebration of World Disability Day.
“You contribute your own quota to the economy and we in the PDP recognize you and that is why we have given you a special place in our party’s constitution and campaign council.
“Some persons have said the number of Persons with Disability in Nigeria is 19million, 20 million or 25 million, but let’s assume you are 20million. If we get all of you to vote for us, we don’t need others then. So really, you are important to us.”
Inaugurating the PWD campaign council, the national chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyiocha Ayu, said the party is inaugurating the council simply because the PDP understands the pain and value of PWDs.
“I am happy that it is out party that is giving these special people this opportunity and if you look at our party, you will find persons with disability in top positions.
“We have a senator who is PWD, we have a NWC member who is a PWD, we have a state assembly member as well, and our governorship candidate in Niger, who by God’s grace will win the gubernatorial election. So I want you to take this opportunity seriously and ensure our victory.”
On his part, Grand patron of the PWD council, Hon Isa Liman Kantigi noted that Nigerians have no alternative than to go with PDP if they don’t want the country auctioned.
“It is on record that PWDs don’t leave polling unit until they vote, and their votes count, therefore, I want to urge you all to ensure you participate fully in all campaign and mobilization program to ensure our candidate wins the 2023 presidential election.”
Giving his remarks, the DG of the PDP PCC, Governor Aminu Tambuwal who was represented by the DDG of the council, Senator Liyel Imoke noted that the PDP recover agenda is an all inclusive agenda.
He also proposed that the D in PLWD should be changed to Determination.
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The PDP presidential candidate made the comment at the party’s rally in Akure, Ondo state on Wednesday, November 30.
He also bemoaned the state of education in the country, specifically blamed the ruling APC over what he described as poor policies.
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Ibekwe, a 2016 World Press Fellow, made the assertion in a Twitter thread on Friday, November 25.
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