Published On: Mon, Dec 3rd, 2018

Atiku Flags-Off Campaign In Sokoto: Vows To Tackle Poverty, Hunger, Unemployment

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By Nuel Suji – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has assured Nigerians of his commitment to fighting poverty, hunger, unemployment and disunity if elected president comes 2019.

Mr Abubakar said he came from a poor background, adding that he is in a position to feel the pains of the poor masses of Nigerian.

The PDP candidate spoke at the flag-off of his campaign rally on Monday in Sokoto.

Addressing the large crowd of supporters, in native Fulani dialect, Mr. Abubakar retorted: “Today I’m a somebody and I assure you, you too can be whatever you want to be if you’re determined. My great grand-parents are from Wurno, Sokoto state.

I can prove myself by speaking Fulfulde to you now,” Mr Abubakar said.

“I am Atiku Abubakar, your brother, a Fulani man. I present to you myself. I’m seeking to be Nigerian president, please vote for me. Don’t trust anybody to come and deceive you,” he added in Fulfude.

“Don’t let those whose cows for years are only 150 to come and lie to you. My cows are more than thousands,” he said. “Be mindful of those deceivers, liars and cheats, there’s nothing Nigeria needs more than to make sure that the youth and the poor are empowered,” he added.

Also speaking, a former president Goodluck Jonathan urged the Sokoto electorates to vote for  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it is the only party that guarantee three square meals for Nigerians.

“We have seen four presidents, from Obasanjo to our late brother, Yar’Adua, to myself, and to the current president. You have seen how the various presidents and the various parties have worked, and one thing that is very clear is that PDP is still the number one party,” the former president said.

Adding: “There is something that all of us need as human beings, everybody eats, everybody, every day must eat, and if you cannot eat well, then you are not happy.

“PDP is the only party that can make sure all of us eat very well, in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening”.

“Let us not make any mistakes, those of us that are adults, old enough to vote, if we vote wrongly, our children and grandchildren will not forgive us,” he added.

“Today, our country has a lot of challenges; look at all the presidential candidates, all of them are good people, but among all, we have seen that it is only Atiku that can deliver.

“If you have a soccer match, you go with your best 11, you don’t manage, if you have a wrestling or a boxing tournament, you go with your best, you don’t manage.

“Atiku is experienced enough; he has demonstrated clearly from his personal life and his business life that he has that capacity to bring this country to one, and make our economy grow, so that all of us will have food to eat,” Mr. Jonathan added.

Party stalwarts at the Sokoto rally include: President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Sule Lamido, Uche Secondus among others.

 

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