…As intimidating crowd flooded Campaign Rally
Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alh Atiku Abubakar, said the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has failed on its campaign promises, urging Nigerians to vote the party out of power, come February 16, 2019.
Atiku, who disclosed this in Kaduna, in a joyful address to the crowdy supporters on Thursday, during campaign rally, repeated declared incompetence of the ruling party and stressed the need to wrestle power from President Muhammadu Buhari in February, 2019, saying that APC must go.
He promised to reposition the economy and create employment opportunities to the teeming youth, if elected.
In his remarks, the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, cautioned that Nigerians should be wary of empty promises of APC.
“Never again would anybody be rigged. INEC be warned, you should not rig the forthcoming elections.
“We can no longer celebrate incompetency. Atiku is full of energy, experience to steer the affairs of the country for better Nigeria that all of us can be proud of. Atiku is ready to interact, interface until he meets the desire of Nigerians,” Secondus said.
The Senate President, while speaking, emphasized that Nigeria is known in the recent time as the capital of poverty in the world. Saraki, who jabbed the APC-led administration, said the party – the ruling APC – that promised security could not protect the lives and property of its citizenry.
“Come February 16, ensure you come out enmasse to vote PDP from top to bottom and from bottom to top,” he urged.
Although, no physical violence was noticed anywhere as the time of the presidential rally, thugs suspected to be supporters of APC stabbed some innocent people outside the stadium.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s presidential and former Vice President campaign rally in Kaduna was flooded with intimidating crowd, all of them yearning for change. The overexcited supporters of the PDP, on Thursday thronged Ahmadu Bello Stadium, venue of the Kaduna State Presidential campaign rally, chanting “Atiku for change.”
The crowd, mixed with Muslims and Christians on equal proportion, waited for hours in anticipation of the arrival of the presidential candidate of PDP. Some even climbed and went to AB Stadium floodlight poles, fence and rooftop of the stadium’s VIP gallery, just to catch a glimpse of Atiku Abubakar.
Our correspondent, who covered the rally, reported that as early as 7:45 am, flags and posters of supporters began to be noticed at strategic locations in the city of Kaduna, as security personnel were seeing trying to maintain law and order.
Places like Sabon Tasha, Gonin-Gora, Romi, Barnawa and most satellite towns, market square and communities in Christian dominated Kaduna South were empty.
The roads leading to Ahmadu Bello Stadium, venue of the rally, witnessed heavy traffic of people of different calibre, and vehicular movement, forcing everyone to trek to the event venue from several kilometers, while men of the Federal Roads Safety Corp, FRSC, took control in ensuring free flow of traffic.
Atiku Abubakar’s eventual arrival was announced by the Master of Ceremony at exactly 2:26 am in the company of Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, party’s national chairman, among others.
Also in attendance were the former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, as well as former National Chairman of the party, Muhammed Ahmed Makarfi.
Amongst other party bigwigs present were the National Party Chairman, Uche Secondus, the Kaduna Kaduna State gubernatorial candidate, Hon. Isa Ashiru, former governor of Adamawa, Boni Haruna, and the three senatorial candidates of the Kaduna PDP.