The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has again taken a swipe at his challenger in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, saying the latter would sell all the assets of the country if elected as president in the 2023 general election.
Tinubu said Atiku will sell all Nigeria’s assets and leave the citizens with nothing if elected as the number one citizen in 2023.
The two-term former governor of Lagos State said this at the APC’s presidential and governorship campaign rally in Yola, the Adamawa State capital on Monday.
Atiku, a former Vice President of Nigeria, hails from Adamawa State.
“I hear that a former VP who comes from Adamawa wants to return to Aso Villa again. You have to decide whether you owe him your vote simply because he is from here or do you owe yourself a better nation and future.
“If you believe a better tomorrow is possible, then you cannot support Vice President Privatise Everything. If you give him the nation, he will sell all he can and leave you with nothing,” Tinubu said.
The APC presidential standard-bearer urged the people of the state to vote for the party’s governorship candidate, Sen. Ayisatu Binani, to make her the first female governor in Nigeria.
“She is brilliant, driven, and results-oriented. She will perform better for the state,” he added.
Speaking about President Muhammadu Buhari, who was present at the rally, Tinubu hailed the President for laying a solid foundation for the country, which he said he would build on if elected in 2023.
“Your contributions are positive and enduring. As I have said before, when the history of this period is objectively written, it will treat you very kindly. It will treat you as a true patriot and hero. Thank you for providing the solid and strong foundation. Now, it will be up to the rest of us to carry on and build Nigeria into the finest national edifice we can envision,” he said.
Reiterating his agenda for the people of the North-East where he picked his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, Tinubu said he envisioned a North-East that is safe and secure, thriving, and flourishing.
“I envision productive farmlands that produce food abundant enough to feed the state and help feed the rest of the nation and even export to a world in need of our dynamic contribution to humanity. I envision both manufacturing hubs as well as agricultural hubs that will allow you to produce finished products that will expand the local economy, create jobs and increase the standard of living for all of you.
“I see adequate fresh produce storage facilities, farm-to-market roads, and access routes. I also envision the establishment of commodity exchange boards and credit facilities that will provide the hardworking farmer a guaranteed income for his crops and also allow farmers affordable loans to invest in and improve the productive yield of their lands. I can envision these good things for my people because I have the expertise and commitment to see them become reality,” the former governor stated.
Tinubu stated that he achieved similar feats when he was the governor of Lagos State, saying: “With your help, I will do so again on a larger scale. I have already done the research and have fashioned wise plans. What I promise is real and achievable.
“Give me and Shettima the mandate to achieve this. And we will give you the economy, jobs, and incomes you seek. The power is in your hands, vote for me; empower me so that I may empower you.”
Others at the rally were Governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), and Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); former Governors Admiral Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), and Sani Yerima (Zamfara); and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; amongst others.