By Mike Odiakose
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar
on Thursday said he will set aside $10 billion for empowerment of
women and youths if elected president in 2023.
Atiku made the [ledge at the PDP Presidential campaign rally Ilorin,
According to him, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, made
several campaign promises to Nigerians in 2015 but repudiated them
after the got into office and gave assurance the it will not be the
same with the PDP.
“Four years ago they came here, and deceived you, told you lies, is
that not so? Have they performed better than PDP? Are you going to
vote for them again?
Now this time PDP has come to return Kwara to the mainstream of
Nigerian politics, therefore, I appeal to you to elect all PDP
candidates from the president to the States Houses of Assembly.
“Now I know the problem of Kwara for a very long time. Kwara is right
on the middle of the country connecting the north and the south. We
are aware, we have seen that the road infrastructure has been allowed
to deteriorate, it was PDP that built that road and they have come and
they have not maintained the road and the roads today are very bad and
not motorable. We promise you that if you elect PDP at the state and
at the national level we will make sure these roads are connected to
both sides of the country.
“I want to also assure you that youth unemployment which is all over
the country not peculiar to Kwara State. Most of you here are under
the age of thirty, most of you have no jobs, and most of you have no
“We will make sure in our programme; I have promised that I will set
aside $10 billion to make sure that youths and women get employment.
We will make sure that Small and Medium Enterprises will empower you
to make sure you are gainfully employed so that you can earn a decent
living. We also promised to restore that security all over this
“They came that within 6 months there will be no more insecurity what
did we see, we now saw insecurity all over the country, it is total
failure by APC in all ramifications. We are not here to deceive you,
we are not here to tell you lies, and we are your parents.
“We want you to be like what we are, we will bring you up, and we will
make sure you want you to attain your objectives, whatever maybe your
ambition. That is the reason why we are here.”
Also speaking,the National Chairman of the PDP, Prof Iyorcha Ayu
reminded Nigerian voters that the country is worth off today under the
“We are on our way back to victory, are you better- off than you were
eight years ago? Are you hungrier than eight years ago?
“PDP has come back to rescue this country and put it back on the path
of development for every family, for every young man, for every old
person, we are not a party for one segment of the country that is why
we selected a unifier, somebody who will bring everybody on board and
make sure that we rebuild this country. We made a very big mistake by
listening to lies, propaganda, do you like this change, do you want a
“Do not allow anybody to deceive you, it is time to vote every
candidate of the PDP from the House of Assembly, to the Senate to
governor and above all you need a president, that president is Atiku
Abubakar, therefore bring out your voters card, don’t allow anybody to
buy your voters card and don’t let anybody deceive you, come out on
that day enmass and vote for all our PDP candidates and it will be
announced on February 25 that Nigeria has a new president.”