.…Ex-deputy gov, speaker, 235 others defect to PDP.
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
The Senate minority leader, Senator Phillip Aduda representing the FCT, joined the campaign train of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, alongside some governors for a campaign rally Lokoja, Kogi State capital.
Atiku, while speaking at the campaign rally, which held at the confluence stadium on Saturday, says if voted to power in the next presidential election, he will fully revive the iron and steel company in Ajaokuta, Kogi State to create jobs for teeming young Nigerians.
He said that a vote for him is a solution to the challenges bedevilling the federal government.
The PDP presidential candidate said he would put the structure on ground to create jobs and enlarge business community, restating his promise to empower women and youths in the society with $10b to boom the personal income for an enduring economy.
Atiku added that a vote for him would end the incessant ASUU strike and incident of salary arrears that enveloped the nation’s university system.
Former governors of the state, Captain Idris Wada and Ibrahim Idris urged the people of the state to vote for the party, saying that the situation of the state is pathetic due to poor leadership of the APC led government.
“Nigeria is a delicate and dangerous country. We need to elect competent, resourceful and intellectual person to make things work and carry us out of the present trouble the nation found itself. That person is the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has seen it all,” Wada said.
Also, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state , Engineer Sam Ohoutu said the resounding welcome that attended the campaign rally of the party presidential candidate was evidence of acceptance.
He said “Atiku is full of contents, vigour and vitality,” stressing that he is the person that can fix things to work at this trying moment in the history of this nation.
Our correspondent that the presidential campaign rally witnessed the defection of over 235 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.
Among the defectors are, former deputy governor of the state, Simon Achuba, ex-Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Umar Imam Alfa and former executive Chairman Okene LGA, Hon. Yahaya Karaku dumped the APC alongside their supporters to PDP.
The National chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu who received the defectors urged the party members to receive them back into the party without discrimination for a resounding victory at the polls.
The former Deputy governor who spoke on behalf of the decamped members said they decided to come back to the party because the APC failed to fulfil its promises since 2016 to date in the state.