By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
When the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his team met with Igbo leaders on Wednesday in Enugu, it was a harvest of promises for the South East geopolitical zone.
It seemed like the politicians battled to outdo each other with words that would convince their hosts.
One statement that cannot go unnoticed, however, was the one by President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki that the South East was very strategic to the economic growth of the country.
Saraki appealed to the people of the zone to take away their fears and support the candidate of the PDP because it offers the much-desired restructuring of Nigeria.
“The South East represents the assets of the country because we need entrepreneurs and hard work to grow our economy.
“If this economy will grow, it must start from the South East. This is your election because Atiku wants to unite the country,” Saraki said.
Before this, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar himself had stated that his commitment is to fix the ailing Nigerian economy.
He said that he was worried about developments in the country as well as the future of the country and the legacies that would be left for generations unborn.
“My dream and commitment is to fix this country. I think of the future this country will have, if I do not struggle to fix it, because I have been in the system for sometime.”
“Our economy must be fixed, and you can trust me and Mr Peter Obi to do it,” he said.
The presidential candidate said that he was worried about the state of infrastructure in the South East, especially the condition of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.
“I am always scared coming to Enugu because of the state of the runway of the airport. What does it take to fix the runway? A local government council can fix it if they are made viable,” he said.
Abubakar said that the issue of restructuring the country was already settled, adding that he would not be talking about it.
“I am a product of a restructured Nigeria. So, it is a settled issue,” he said.
The meeting was attended by chieftains of the PDP across the zone and was preceded by a nonpartisan summit convened by elders, traditional and religious leaders tagged ‘Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond Summit’.