***We will restructure Nigeria
***We will complete the East-West Road
***We will make Port Harcourt and Onne ports busy to create businesses, jobs
***Atiku is the best man for president, says Wike
***As PADEF Insists the APC government failed to address numerous problems facing the Niger Delta
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign council swept into Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday, with a visit to Governor NyesomWike, at Government House.
He was accompanied by the National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Seconds; Director-General of the PDP Presidential Council, Senate President, Dr. BukolaSaraki; Former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Austin Opara, among others.
The PDP Presidential candidate stated that a PDP government will not interfere with the legislature and the judiciary.
“We will respect the separation of powers in the exercise of our executive functions. I will not interfere with the affairs of the National Assembly. We will not interfere with the affairs of the judiciary. That is our checks and balances.”
He promised: “We must restructure Nigeria so that states like Rivers and the Niger Delta can develop. When we were in office (Obasanjo/Atiku), we started work on the east/west road. That road has been abandoned because PDP was not allowed to continue in office. APC government has not done anything for the people of Rivers state or the Niger Delta region. When I become President, I will complete the east/west highway.”
Atiku promised PDP members, at the rally, held at the Adokie Amiesieamaka Stadium, Igwurrita, in Ikwerre Local Government Area, that he will ensure that both Port Harcourt and Onne ports, in Rivers State, will be kept active and busy to create businesses and jobs opportunities for the people and residents of Rivers State.
“How can they crowd one area with port activities while seaports in other cities and states in the country are being deliberately starved of business activities. This is wrong and a PDP government will not allow that lopsidedness to continue. Other seaports in Nigeria must be allowed to participate and benefit from the maritime trade.”
“I asked Nigerians in 2015 to choose between going forward and going backward. All the indices of development are not inexistent in this government. We are not making any progress as a country under this government. That is why Nigerians must come out on Saturday and vote Atiku Abubakar as President and all the PDP candidates.
“Atiku Abubakar will not discriminate against any section of Nigeria. He will not discriminate between a region that voted him on the ratio of 75% and that which gave him 5%”.
On the recent body bag language by the Kaduna state governor, Nasiru E-Rufai, the national chairman of the PDP, Prince UcheSecondus called on the international community to beam its searchlight on the governor.
“That body bag, to me, is a language of a terrorist. That language was made by the Kaduna state governor because APC is afraid, confused and must go. Buhari has no choice but to go. Buhari is not aware that he has lost the election. Buhari is not aware that his campaign DG is corrupt. He does not know that the white paper published by the panel of inquiry in Port Harcourt indicted him of selling the state’s assets illegally.”
Wike had on the eve of Atiku’s rally told PDP members at Degema Local Government Area, to vote for Atiku because he was the best man for the presidency, among other candidates.
He stated: “Atiku has created jobs for Rivers people in Onne Port while 20 million jobs have been lost since MohammaduBuhari became president. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed Nigerians. They have not been able to fulfill any of the promises they made to Nigerians since 2015.”
In underscoring its endorsement of the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku, for the February 16, presidential election, the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum, PADEF, states that the inability of the APC-led federal government to implement the 16-point agenda three years after receiving the document means that the APC government does take the Niger Delta region, seriously.
Secretary-General of PANDEF, Dr. Alfred Molade, during a sensation tour in Port Harcourt, said the federal government has failed to address the numerous problems facing the region. He stated that the group has decided to give his support to any of the candidates that genuinely supports the restructuring of the country.
“We took the decision to support a candidate who supports restructuring on March 24, 2018, even before the emergence of presidential candidates. About 17 candidates came appeared before us, including Atiku Abubakar. We assessed them by interviewing them. Each candidate spent not less than three hours with us.”
Speaking further, Deputy Secretary-General of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, urged the people of the Niger Delta to vote for a candidate that will effectively address the numerous issues facing the region.
He emphasised: “We have to understand that the government of Atiku Abubakar will not operate by fiat. It has to work with National Assembly and the state Houses of Assembly. Therefore, everyone concerned should do the needful. The Houses of Assembly have to support restructuring by approving the bill that will eventually go back to the National Assembly with a 2/3 majority in their various state Assemblies.”