The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP,, Atiku Abubakar said under his government, Nigerian youths will no longer be jobless and that security challenges would be a thing of the past.
The Waziri Adamawa, who said that the loss of over 10 million jobs under the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was the lowest point of this government and therefore should be voted out in the coming presidential election.
Speaking at a presidential rally in Minna, Niger State, the former Vice President also said “The roads infrastructure that you have in Niger State were constructed by the PDP government. The schools that you have attended were built by PDP government. The hospitals that you are attending were built by PDP government.
“And then in 2015, they came to tell us that PDP did not do anything. We should change. And we changed. And they promised to fight corruption, to improve our economy and also to secure our country. Have they achieved anyone of these three? When they came in, there was insecurity only in North East. Today, there is insecurity in North West and North Central. And we have lost more lives at any other time in the history of this country in peaceful times. They have failed as far as security is concerned.
“When it comes to the issue of economy, we have lost more jobs, over 10 million jobs, to the extent that Nigeria has been declared the headquarters of poverty in the world. This is a record. Have they fulfilled that promise? Now I want to promise you that if you vote PDP, we will restore the jobs that had been lost. You either get a job or get a business to do.
“So, this is a promise and a commitment I am making on behalf of PDP and if you vote for PDP. I want to commit to you that if you vote for PDP, the insecurity which they have not been able to control, we shall control it. They have been unable to control insecurity because they have been unable to provide jobs and businesses for the people. So by the time we provide jobs and businesses for our young men and women, you will hear less crime and less insecurity.
“So, I want to promise you on behalf of our great party to sack the APC government and let us send them packing. Like I use to say, Buhari must go!!! APC must go!!!”
The Director General of PDP campaign and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who also addressed the mammoth gathering said “Our campaign will be based always on issues. Election is about referendum. A government that has been with us for three and half years and it promised us three things and we are going to decides as Nigerians if they have performed, they can continue, if they have not performed , they must pack and go home.
“They came on security, there was problem in the North-east and they said they can provide security solution, today isn’t the security worse? There is no security in North central, North-west, there is security problem. Before, they said they will provide three million jobs for the youth, today more than 10 million youth have lost their jobs, have they perform? No.
“They came they said they would bring food to our people, today Nigeria is the capital of hunger in the entire world, have they perform? They said they will fight corruption, today there is corruption in the country, no be so? They have failed on these things and that is why they must leave and let us bring a man that has experience, that knows how to create jobs, that knows how to bring food to all of us.”
Dignitaries at the event include: immediate past Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; his counterpart from Kano State and current Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki, PDP governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Umar Mohammed Nasko; Senate Minority Whip, Phillip Aduda among others.