Nigeria In Spotlight as Presidential Polls Loom

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As Nigeria prepares to hold elections on February 16, a U.S.-based polling firm Williams and Associates, has predicted victory for Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming presidential polls. The survey findings showed 64% of respondents say that President Buhari does not deserve to be re-elected because of poor  performance. The government is preparing to increase security ahead of the polls.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he is on a rescue mission to save Nigeria from sinking further.

Speaking in Damaturu, Yobe State, Wednesday during the PDP presidential campaign, the former vice-president berated the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for dragging the country backward since it was voted in 2015, adding that APC is a failure.

The PDP presidential candidate, who was hailed by mammoth crowd of party’s supporters, lamented that the APC had misgoverned the country by making promises which were not fulfilled.

According to Atiku, “In 2015 the APC promised us security which they failed to provide. They promised us food on our table, but today we are hungry. They promised us good health facility and adequate supply of drugs in our hospitals which they also failed to do.”

He said despite their promise to make things better, they have made worse.

Atiku added that in the provision of security, they have failed, “they failed to create jobs for our teeming youths and today, inflation has taken over,” adding that instead of admitting their failings, they continue to tell the people of these country lies.

The PDP presidential candidate declared that: “The PDP has come to rescue the people of the country from the suffering which the APC has put us into.”

Also speaking at the rally, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, urged Nigerians to vote for Atiku in order to rescue the country from hunger.

He said: “The country is currently suffering from hunger and insecurity. There is a need for a competent and well experienced Nigerian to come on board to save us. As we are all aware, Nigeria is in distress and we are in dire need of a well-connected leader to rescue us.”

In his address, the Director General of Atiku Campaign organisation, Mr. Buba Galadima, urged youths, women to vote President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC out of power in the next general election, adding that APC had failed to deliver on all its 2015 campaign promises.

He said: “The APC promised Nigeria a lot of things. They promised us security. Then we have security problems not only in the North-east, but have now extended to North Central and even the Northwest. APC has failed because security has worsened.”

Galadima also stated that people are dying of hunger because the economy has gone terribly bad, saying: “Hunger is serious affecting people in the country today. Nigeria is today the world poverty capital.

“We need a president that will fix the economy, create jobs and unite Nigerians,” “This APC government must go because events of the past three years have shown that they don’t have solutions to all these problems. We must vote this government out and elect Atiku as our next president.

 

“My people of Yobe State and Northeast we must vote out Buhari. Atiku is the solution to Nigeria’s problem.”

The PDP leader noted that the people in crowd seen today (yesterday) in Yobe State, “are our genuine supporters and that is a clear indication that people are tired of the current government.

“We are here to receive your blessings and permission to talk to our people and seek their votes for Atiku and Peter Obi.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, promised to remain steadfast in delivering effective leadership, if re-elected in the February 16 presidential election.

President Buhari, who stated this at All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, assured that he would not change from what he is.

“I assure you, I am not going to change. I am going to be consistent, I will remain steadfast. Anybody who abuses trust will be exposed and dispossessed,” he said.

He said with the crowd at the Aper Aku stadium to identify with his re-election bid, he was convinced that Benue people believed in what his administration was doing to transform Nigeria.

Buhari said the country had made tremendous success in improving the economy as well as tackling the challenge of insecurity in parts of the country and the fight against corruption.

He said: “I stand before you to thank you most sincerely for defying the weather and standing for hours to come and see and listen to us. I am very grateful.

“I am convinced that you believe in what we are doing and that you stand to support us even further. When I came to look for your vote in 2015, I promised three fundamental issues based on our party manifesto. Security, economy and fighting corruption. We will do roads, rail ways and provide electricity with monies recovered from looters.”

The President also stated that his government would dispose all assets recovered from corrupt Nigerians and plough the proceeds into the economy.

He promised to remain steadfast in his fight against corruption, stressing that his government was winning the war.

Buhari also noted that his administration had recorded successes and delivered on most of the promises.

“Today, non of our territory is under the control of Boko Haram terrorists. Although fighting corruption has remained a major challenge to this government, I will not change but remain consistent and steadfast in fighting corruption.

“All recovered looted funds will be use to improve infrastructures, build roads, construct rail-lines and improved power.

“We have also been able to rescue all local government areas in the North Eastern states from the hands of Boko Haram. No single Nigerian territory is under the control of the terrorists,” Buhari said.

On the coming general elections, the President promised to deploy enough security to ensure that the elections were free, fair and credible.

Addressing the gathering, leader of APC in the state, Senator George Akume, accused the PDP led government in the state of failing to improve the welfare of the people.

He commended President Buhari for taking the bold step to rescue Nigeria from the hands of corrupt leaders who he accused of milking the nation’s resources.

Senator Akume maintained that Benue people had no problems with herdsmen, especially during his time as governor of the state.

“Therefore, nobody should hide under incompetence, senselessness and under-performance to lament,” Akume said.

He said that Benue people were prepared for the forthcoming general elections and appealed to President Buhari to deploy more security to the state to conduct the elections.

The National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, urged the people to elect Emmanuel Jime as governor of the state.

Present at the event were the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, and other patty chieftains in the state.