From Bassey Williams, Yenagoa.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has promised the Niger Delta people that his administration will devolve powers from the centre and carry out the restructuring of Nigeria if elected president in the 2023 general elections.
Abubakar, who spoke at the campaign rally of the PDP at the Ox-Bow Lake Pavilion in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, noted that the people of the region had been agitating for resource control and restructuring of the country and that his government, when elected, would accede to their demands.
He reiterated the implementation of his five-point developmental agenda for the nation which he listed as the unification of the country, tackling insecurity, and economy, ending of ASUU strike, and restructuring.
Abubakar pointed out that Bayelsa had been a stronghold of the PDP since 1999, and urged the people to remain in the party and vote for him and all its candidates at the polls.
He said, “I promised to tackle insecurity. Here in Bayelsa State, you have faced a number of security challenges. You have lost so many people due to breaches of law and order. I promise I will restore security in this country.
“Thirdly, I said I will tackle the economy of this country, if you recall between 1999 and 2015, we had the best economy in Africa. Today, we are the biggest economy in Africa, but the APC has come and pushed us back and brought us down. I promise that we are going to tackle the economy and make sure we provide jobs and opportunities for our young men and women to be gainfully employed in the public and private sectors.