By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate and former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari must go in the 2019 general elections for Nigeria to witness real dividends of democracy.
The PDP Presidential candidate stated this in Ibadan while addressing PDP members and leaders at the opening of the South West zone campaign of the party held at the an Mapo Hall.
Alhaji Abubakar emphasized that there is the need for Nigerians to send President Muhammadu Buhari packing in 2019 by voting him out of office during the coming general elections, saying, “in the next two months, you will be required to choose your next president, please, take your decision carefully.”
“The best democracy we enjoyed in Nigeria was under PDP. In 2015, APC promised 12 million jobs but today, we have not seen the jobs.
Buhari has gone. Thank you my brothers and sisters. Since the return of democracy in 1999, the best we have in Nigeria is during the PDP. The best education we have was during the PDP. My brothers and sisters, I stand before you I promise, everyone of you know that chaired the best economic team in this country. If you give me this opportunity again we shall invest more in education.” he said
The PDP Presidential candidate maintained that as at present, Nigerians can no longer believe in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), again because of the party leaders and elected officers have failed in the promises made in 2015.
Assuring that the PDP government come 2019 is ready to reposition and revive the country back from its present mess especially with the high level of hunger in and across, Alhaji Abubakar said.”let me tell you that today, I said before you that within 6 months, we shall start the process of restructuring of this country. Ladies and gentlemen, I have lived here, so I am not a stranger. So, therefore, never again belief in APC again. “
Maintaining that it is on record that he headed the best economy team for Nigeria between 1999 and 2003, and that such prosperity will be returned to Nigeria in 2019, he
added, “Nigeria is now the headquarters of poverty in the world. We shall return Nigeria to prosperity in 2019. I headed the best economy team in Nigeria. When we get to government in 2019, we will continue to give you best education.”.
” One of the best policy for Nigeria is restructuring and we will do it when we get to government. Don’t believe APC lies again. Within 6 months, we will reposition Nigeria. Don’t sell your vote and don’t sell your PVC. Buhari must go”.
Speaking, the PDP National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus declared that it is now glaring that President Buhari is not capable of ruling Nigeria again and that “with what we have seen here today, it is sure that our people in the Southwest want change in government and Atiku is the only candidate who can rescue Nigeria at this time. Buhari is not fit to rule Nigeria again. “
“By the grace of God, in February, we will stand to defend our votes and defeat Buhari. The hunger in the land is too much. There is hunger because Buhari is not aware of anything in government. His government has collapsed. This is the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria. Where is our 25 billion dollars withdrawn from the NNPC account? Corruption has taken another dimension in Nigeria under Buhari. Poverty headquarters has relocated to Nigeria under Buhari. By the grace of God, Atiku is the next president of Nigeria”.
The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki said Nigeria under the APC led government of President Buhari is now faced with.serious security challenges, saying, presently, there is security problem in the North East, in the North Central and some other parts of the country.
These he said were parts of the failures of the APC led administration in the country under President Buhari, saying, “in 2015, APC promised security but could not do it. They promised to make food aboundant but the price of rice is becoming higher daily. The only solution to our challenges is to vote Atiku as president.”
In his remarks, the South West zoner Cordinatot of the Atiku Presidential campaign, Mr Ayodele Fayose said Nigeria don’t need a President that will be running away from public campaign saying, he was very sure that President Buhari won’t attend the presidential debate.
Predicting that PDP has already won the 2019 Presidential election with the situation on ground in the country, former governor Fayose
said, “the only product we are selling is Atiku. The only candidate that can defeat anybody at debate. I am sure Buhari won’t attend debate. But let me tell you that you have to defend your votes. By God grace, PDP will be announced winner next year elections.”
Former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel while speaking said “the 2019 election is family affairs. Atiku’s first wife is a Yoruba woman. He grew up and work in Ibadan. With what we met here, it is obvious that our people have spoken that they will vote for PDP”.
The South west campaign was attended by PDP leaders from across Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states, Chairman , Prince Uche Secondus, Atiku’s running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Cross Rivers, state, Senator Lyel Imoke, Senator Dino Melaye, PDP governorship candidates in Lagos, Oyo and Osun States, Mr. Jimi Agbaje and Engineer Seyi Makinde, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the vice Chairman of the Party in the zone, Dr Eddy Olafeso, former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former governor of Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan , the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Prince Diran Odeyemi, former Senate whip, Senator Hosea Agboola.