Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has promised that if elected, his administration would earmark $10billion to provide job and boost small and medium scale businesses to alleviate poverty among youth and women in the country.
Atiku this claim at the PDP’s presidential campaign rally in Ilorin, Thursday, November 24.
The former Customs officer also called out the ruling APC over the security crisis in Nigeria, stating President Muhammadu Buhari has not been able to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians as promised.
While citing the instance of Kwara State, Atiku also lamented the state of poor infrastructural development in the country.
He maintained that the state is a nexus between southern and northern parts of the country, claiming that bad roads have however impeded its development over the years.
Atiku’ s running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, said he was happy with the turn out at the campaign rally at the Metropolitan Square.
Okowa, made reference to the recently ended ASUU strike, said: “The PDP is ready to create employment and won’t allow our children stay eight month without going to school.”
He further assured that the “PDP will win in all six geo-political zone of the country,” adding that the party “will work with the people and rebuild Nigeria.”
Chairman of the peoples Democratic Party, Iyiorcha Ayu, in his words, said: “The PDP is one big United family, we are on our way back to victory. PDP has come back to rescue Nigeria and put it back on development track to rescue all families.”
“Don’t allow anyone to deceive, we are hungrier than we were in 2015. Bring out your voters card, come out en masse and vote all PDP candidates, especially Atiku in the general election,” he said.
Ayu later presented the PDP’s flag to Shuaibu Yaman, the governorship candidate of the party.
Taking his turn to speak, the former president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, canvassed massive votes for the party across all candidates in party in the 2023 general electionz, noting that the people can trust him and the party’s hierarchy.
He said: “I stood and fought for democracy, APC came and lied to you and now you knw the difference. It is time for Nigerians, starting from Kwara to kick out APC.
“When PDP was in power exchange rate was 200 naira to the dollar, and now it is 800 naira. We are all tired,” he told the crowd.
“Atiku loves Kwara since the days of my father, other candidates don’t love you, they merely want to exploit you,’ Saraki said.