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I Guarantee Igbo Presidency After Me, Atiku Assures S’East

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, told people of the South East that his presidency, if elected in next year’s poll, would be a stepping stone to the zone-producing president of Nigeria.

Consulting with leaders and stakeholders of the party from the five South East states, Atiku, who was accompanied by his running mate and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, National Chairman of the party, Iyorcha Ayu, acting Board of Trustees Chairman, Adolphus Wabara, National Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu and other chieftains, assured that his government would address all the issues that gave rise to agitations in parts of the country, particularly, the South East.

He said any government determined to revive the nation’s economy must carry along the people of South East and praised them for their industry and contributions to the sustenance of Nigeria’s economy.

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He also appealed to those he described as misguided youths to sheathe their swords by discontinuing the Monday’s sit-at-home calls which had disrupted the economy of the zone.

He said: ‘As you know, the South East is close to my heart. You have supported me through thick and thin and I will always remember that. Your sons and daughters have played very positive roles in the development of our country. They were key personnel who played important roles in the PDP government in which I served as vice president. And they have continued to excel in other roles across the world. You are a key contributor to economic activities in this country and a government that wants to revive our economy and provide opportunities for our people must carry the South East along.

‘I am a business man and I know businesses need supporting environment to thrive and when they thrive, the country thrives. I do not see the provision of infrastructure in any part of the country as a favour to that part. If anything, it is a favour to the country because we are one country, one economy.’

Noting that Nigeria was more divided today than it had ever been, Atiku said it was their responsibility to reunify the country through equity, justice and fairness, saying: ‘That way, we can all pull in one direction to develop our country and improving our people’s lives. This will require giving every segment of this country a sense of belonging, not just by meeting constitutional requirements on federal character but through government policies, programmes and projects, and our body language and utterances as leaders.’

He assured that his government would restructure the country to give room for healthy competition among the federating units, stressing that the security system would be repositioned and devolved such that there would be state police.

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