Turn your support for me into votes, Atiku tells his supporters in Delta


Asaba, the capital of Delta state, came to a standstill on Tuesday as supporters of the Democratic Party of the Peoples (PDP) flocked to the party’s presidential campaign in the city.

News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 25,000-plus capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium, the venue for the rally, was packed with party supporters, while those outside the stadium outnumbered those inside. they were inside.

Addressing the rally, PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar praised the large turnout and urged those in attendance to convert their support to massively vote for the party.

He thanked the people of Delta for their strong commitment to the PDP since 1999 and urged them to continue supporting the party.

He said the support that informed his decision to choose Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate was part of his commitment to reward the state and the Niger Delta as a whole.

He said his administration would return power to the states to allow them to control their resources, stressing that the sacrifices of Delta and the Niger Delta would be rewarded.

Atiku said he was not in Delta to campaign but to show gratitude to the people for supporting the party from 1999 to date.

“Delta and indeed the entire Niger Delta have never failed me; You have supported me all along and I will not betray that trust.

“It is because of your support that I chose one of you in the person of Governor Okowa as my running mate,” he said.

He called on the people to support the party and vote en masse for the PDP to ensure the realization of the party’s agenda.

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Atiku pledged to end strikes in tertiary institutions to ensure a credible and functional education system in the country.

He also pledged to grow the economy through massive industrialization; ensure safety of life and property and control of resources.

“With me as president, I want to assure you that there will be no more ASUU strikes.

“In addition, we will return power to the states; there will be resource control and you as the Niger Delta will benefit from that policy.

“Safety is paramount; it is our responsibility and commitment to secure this country to allow businesses to prosper.

“Since 1999, Delta has remained a PDP state and has continued to enjoy the dividends of good governance.

“You must believe in PDP to deepen development and grow our economy to become the largest economy on the continent,” Atiku said.

For his part, Mr. Okowa tasked PDP supporters with turning the large turnout into votes by collecting their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) by voting for all PDP candidates.

He said the large turnout from youth and others was impressive and since Delta is the vice-presidential pick, people should appreciate Atiku with a large number of votes.

“We have been looking for a president with capacity, knowledge and experience; Atiku fits the bill and he is the man who will restore the county’s economy,” Okowa said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, urged people to affirm their support by voting for the PDP.

The PDP Presidential Campaign Organization Director General and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki also echoed the same sentiment.

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According to Mr. Emmanuel, the rally was to celebrate the victory, as Delta and the Niger Delta will get more than five million votes for the PDP.

“I am sure that with Atiku and Okowa as president and vice president respectively, the international oil companies that left Warri and other parts of the Niger Delta region will return.

Mr. Obaseki pledged the determination of the Edo people to win 1.5 million votes for the Atiku-Okowa candidacy.

Tambuwal said that the PDP leaders are managers of human resources, institutions and resources and that voting for Atiku-Okowa would be gratifying.

The party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, who later hosted some defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Labor Party (LP), noted that Delta was still a state. single party.

“We are sure that all of you will turn out en masse to vote for the PDP in the February and Mach elections.

In separate statements, the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Delta, Sheriff Oborevwori; former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and House Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu thanked Atiku for choosing Mr Okowa as his running mate.

They promised the state’s determination to deliver massive votes for the party during the elections.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the demonstration provided opportunities for food and beverage vendors, POS agents and others to do brisk business.


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