Don’t al­low APC steal your votes, Atiku urges Nige­ri­ans

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Olu­sola Fabiyi, Abuja

THE pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has asked Nige­ri­ans not to al­low the All Pro­gres­sives Congress and its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, to steal their votes in the Fe­bru­ary 16, 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Atiku, who spoke at an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with some youth groups, so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers and blog­gers in Abuja on Sun­day, also al­leged that the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion had wrecked the na­tion and must there­fore be voted out for the na­tion to thrive again.

The PDP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date al­leged that des­per­ate at­tempts by the Buhari Pres­i­dency to ma­nip­u­late the elec­toral process, in­clud­ing the foist­ing of the Pres­i­dent’s re­la­tion to head the col­la­tion of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion re­sults as well as hound­ing of ju­di­cial of­fi­cers, are all geared to­wards en­abling Buhari to steal votes.

He said, “Pres­i­dent Buhari has stolen your jobs. He has stolen your rights. Don’t let him steal your votes.

“They are pre­par­ing the grounds to steal your votes. I know that Nige­ri­ans are ready to ‘get Nige­ria work­ing again’, but don’t let Pres­i­dent Buhari steal your votes.”

The PDP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date said Nige­ria had never had it so bad since in­de­pen­dence.

“Nige­ria has never been in such a bad shape as we have to­day, not even dur­ing the civil war. Things are re­ally bad.

“We have never had the econ­omy this bad and the na­tion has not been so in­se­cure as it is un­der the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion. That is why we all must work to­gether to res­cue our na­tion and make it work again,” he said.

Atiku fur­ther

Nige­ri­ans not to urged de­spair, say­ing he had tem­plates he would use to en­sure rapid eco­nomic re­cov­ery, mas­sive employment op­por­tu­nity and strate­gic av­enues for em­pow­er­ment of Nige­ri­ans in all as­pects of life.

•L-R: Ewi of Ado-ek­iti, Oba Adeyemo Ade­jugbe; Chief of Staff to Ek­iti State Gover­nor, Mr Bio­dun Omol­eye; Brigade Com­man­der, 323 Ar­tillery Brigade, Nige­rian Army, Akure, Brig. Gen. James Ataguba; Ek­iti State Deputy Gover­nor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi; and act­ing Head of Ser­vice, Mrs Peju Babafemi, dur­ing a church ser­vice to mark this year’s Armed Forces Re­mem­brance Day at Govern­ment House Chapel, Ado Ek­iti… on Sun­day. Photo: Ek­iti State Govern­ment House

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