By Kola Adeyemi
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alh. Abubakar Atiku, has promised to complete all abandoned federal projects in Kogi, if elected president in the coming election.
Atiku made the promise on Monday in Lokoja while addressing a crowd of party supporters at a rally also promising to create jobs and wealth for the unemployed youths.
He said his decision to contest the presidency was focused on ordinary citizens, and described Kogi as a beacon of hope and progress which must be carefully managed.
According to him, the state is endowed with abundant natural resources in commercial quantity waiting to be tapped to make Nigeria a truly industrialised nation.
The PDP candidate gave the assurance to workers and pensioners in the state to ensure prompt payment of their salaries and pensions from May 29.
He also condemned the detention of Sen. Dino Melaye by the police and called for his immediate release.
Ealier, the Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki urged Nigerians to vote out All Progressives Congress (APC) through the next general elections.
Saraki said that Nigerians were not born to suffer, adding that Atiku as an experienced businessman would create jobs for Nigerians.
“Don’t be deceived, don’t be intimidated, don’t be afraid, stand for the truth and come out en masse to vote for our candidates in all the elections,’’ Saraki said.
Others speakers included former governors Ibrahim Idris, Idris Wada and State Chairman of the PDP, Mr Sam Uhuotu, who all urged the people to vote for PDP candidates.
Both Idris and Wada decried the state of things in the state and urged the people to rise to the challenge by voting out the APC.
Others who spoke at the event were Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, a former deputy governor, Mr Patrick Adaba and former Minister of Police Affairs, Brig -Gen. David’s Jemibewon.