The Director-General of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Presidential campaign Council, Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday welcomed the presidential candidate of the party Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Peter Obi and other party members to Kwara State for the party’s North Central rally as it prepares for the 2019 general elections. Crowds filled the roads from the Ilorin airport where Atiku and other PDP leaders touched down into the center of town where the rally took place, waving banners and flags with PDP colors.
The predominantly agrarian North Central region is popularly called Nigeria’s food basket, but recent attacks from armed herdsmen has threatened Nigeria’s food security and forced many from their homes and farms. Nigerians who live in the region say they have failed to see the promised security by the incumbent APC government, and have in recent times shown that they would be willing to support another candidate who restore security to their communities. President of Nigeria’s Senate Bukola Saraki speaking at the rally noted that “they (APC) promised that they will address the security of this country, but in the last four years, the security challenge has expanded to the North Central”
Atiku Abubakar is campaigning on a promise to get Nigeria working again and says he will establish “a strong and effective democratic government that secures our people and provides opportunities for them to realize their full potentials, allows greater autonomy for our federating units, and gives each region of the country a sense of belonging” if elected in the 2019 presidential elections. This promise as well as his plan has earned Atiku and his running mate Peter Obi, a shrewd and business-savvy former Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria’s South East, a lot of goodwill across Nigeria with political analysts predicting a resounding victory for the PDP in the region.
Atiku advised Nigerians to return PDP to power in 2019, reminding them that “the best years of this country was when the PDP was governing our country from 1999-2015” he also noted that “In terms of corruption, Nigeria is worse off today than we were in 2014. In terms of economy, we are the poorest country in the world today. In terms of insecurity, we are most insecure than at any other time in our history”