The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, recently visited Delta State as part of his campaign trail and took the opportunity to express his deep appreciation for the support he has received from the state throughout his political career.
He made this statement while addressing supporters at a rally in Asaba, the state capital, on Tuesday. He acknowledged that his choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate was also a reflection of the longstanding support from the state.
Atiku emphasized that his campaign team was in the state not just to campaign, but to show gratitude and identify with the people of Delta State. He stated that the state has been a constant source of support for him throughout his political journey, which began in 1999.
He also promised to not betray the trust of Delta State and the Niger Delta region as a whole. He said that he fully understands the importance of the state in the overall development of the country and will make sure that the state’s needs and aspirations are met if he is elected as president.
Atiku also highlighted his five-point agenda that he believes will ensure the economy has a “commanding height” and will be beneficial for the people of Delta State and the entire country. The agenda focuses on creating jobs, improving infrastructure, increasing access to healthcare and education, providing security, and reducing poverty.
He also pledged to improve Nigeria’s foreign investment to the levels seen before the end of PDP’s 16-year tenure in 2015. The PDP presidential candidate also urged the people of Delta State to vote for him and the PDP in the upcoming election, stating that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed the country in the last 7-8 years and it is time for a change.
He said, “For God’s sake, why would you vote for another party that has now suffered us in the last seven to eight years? Please, say no to APC. APC, down! PDP, up! PDP, victory!”