The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to reshape Nigeria if elected on February 25.
Atiku made the pledge on Thursday night while taking part in a presidential parliament following his campaign rally in Ibadan. The parliament was being organized by the South West Development Stakeholders Forum (SWDSF).
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the former vice president, accompanied by his running mate, Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, had earlier attended the DPP presidential campaign at Mapo Hall in Ibadan.
Others on his team included PDP national president Iyorchia Ayu; Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa-Ibom and the Director General of the Atiku Campaign, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
Atiku said he would restructure Nigeria if it was considered a priority.
“If restructuring is your priority, I will implement it.
“I am way ahead of any other candidate in terms of restructuring and devolution of power,” he said.
The presidential candidate also promised that he would transform the nation’s economy, create jobs and bring prosperity to the country through the private sector.
“I am good and strong to lead Nigeria; I don’t mind giving a private company a tax break to build a rail transportation system from here in Ibadan to Ogbomoso to make it easier to do business.
“And this will not only boost our economy at the local and state level, but also at the national level.
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“I am a believer in the private sector when it comes to our economy. It is only the private sector that can bring prosperity and create jobs for our abundant youth,” he said.
Atiku recounted the achievements of his administration with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying they had a successful government because it was driven by the private sector.
The candidate said he was a uniter, vowing to unite Nigeria on all fronts, be it tribe, religion and balanced appointments in the federal government.
“Insecurity is part of our restructuring issues, that is, whether or not we will have a state police will depend on our legislature.
“In the US we have state police, local police, even regional police, etc. I will surely propose the police state to our National Assembly if I am elected.
“But it depends on the national and state assemblies, so I urge everyone to vote for the people who will give them quality representation,” Atiku said.