Yet Again, Atiku Abubakar Vows To Privatise Nigeria’s ‘Dead’ Refineries
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has pledged to privatise the nation’s refineries if elected as President next year.
The PDP candidate who spoke on Monday, December 5, 2022, during PDP’s presidential rally in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, said he will earmark $10 billion from the refinery sales to empower the small and medium-scale enterprises of young Nigerians.
He identified the refineries to be sold as the Port Harcourt refinery, Warri refinery, and Kaduna refinery which have not been functioning for years now.
“I am going to set aside $10 billion so that we can empower our young men and women in small and medium enterprises,” he said.
“People are asking me where am I going to get $10 billion? If I privatise Port Harcourt refinery, Warri refinery, Kaduna refinery, I am going to get the money.”
While asking the mammoth Lagos residents to vote in the PDP government next year, the former Vice President pledged that his administration will restructure Africa’s most populous nation.
In doing so, he promised to allocate more powers and resources to both state and local governments, asking the people to hold their leaders accountable.
The PDP candidate warned the people of Lagos against returning the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to power at both in the state and federal levels.
According to him, “a single family has ruled the state for 23 years,” although he did not specifically mention any name.
“The Federal government built the third mainland bridge, Agege motor road, and other road infrastructures in the state, the APC govt is lying to you about developing Lagos.
“It is time for you to liberate yourself from a family govt in power for over 23 years, by voting Jandor as your governor.”
Governor Zulum Apologises To Atiku Over Attack On Convoy In Borno
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has apologised to former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, whose convoy was recently attacked by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums during campaign in Maiduguri.
This came as the governor vowed that under his leadership, the All Progressives Congress, APC, will ensure that no opposition parties win any unit in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
The Governor spoke while addressing party supporters and stakeholders during the inauguration of Chairmen, Secretaries and over 800 members of the Campaign Council at the Government House, Maiduguri.
He said “It is laughable when I learnt that some people who have stayed away from Borno in the last four years have started trooping in to seek our people’s mandate in the forthcoming coming general elections on the platforms of different opposition parties, particularly the dying PDP.
“I want to state that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC under my leadership will ensure that no opposition party win any unit in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
“In fact, it is disheartening that some people seeking elective positions on the platform of a dying Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state are now sneaking into Maiduguri with about N500, 000 or N600, 000 in their possession, causing trouble in form of campaigns of calumny against our progressive party, forgetting that Borno is APC.
“I want to say that APC is not afraid of any opposition party, considering the fact that the state Government under my able leadership in the last three years has done wonderfully well in the area of security, jobs creations, youths and women empowerment, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and resettlement of millions of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs back to their places of origin.
“However, I want to use this opportunity to apologise to former Vice President and PDP presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar whose convoy was attacked by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums during Campaign in Maiduguri recently.”