Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, claimed that throughout his entire political career, which began in 1999, Delta State has never let him down.
This was said by Atiku to supporters on the PDP campaign trail on Tuesday in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.
He said, “[We are here] because of the support we have received and have received all along, particularly myself. In all my political career, from 1999 to date, Delta State has never failed me.”
As a result of the state’s long-standing support, Atiku has claimed that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was his pick for running mate.
He said the campaign team was there to express gratitude and identify in every way with them, not to run for office.
Atiku said, “I want to promise you that I shall not betray the trust of Delta State and in fact, the Niger Delta sub-region altogether. That is why as my modest contribution to your support over the years, I decided to take one of you as my running mate.
“As you know, a running mate is always a stepping stone. Therefore, it is up to you to give Governor Okowa the massive support that he needs to show the people of this country that you are committed to your own future.”
With his five-point plan, the PDP presidential contender promised to give the economy “a commanding height.”
If elected, Atiku promised that Nigeria’s foreign investment would increase to levels comparable to those reached by the nation prior to the PDP’s 16-year rule ending in 2015.
According to him, “We had the biggest economic growth until we became the biggest economy in Africa. We had no problem about foreign exchange.
“We had no problem about scarcity of goods. We had no problem about high inflation. We had no problem about prices of goods and services.
“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!”