The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised to ensure that the Onitsha Port becomes operational as well as resuscitate industries in the South-East to boost the nation’s economy.
Alhaji Atiku who made the promise while addressing party supporters during his campaign rally in Awka, the Anambra State capital explained that these were part of the requests made by the Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, when he met him before the commencement of the rally.
The former Vice President said: “On our arrival today, we visited their governor, Professor Soludo, and he said to me, I know you are going to work but make sure that all the federal roads that pass through Anambra State are reconstructed.
“And I promised him, I’m going to do that, he said ‘make sure that you control our erosion, because Anambra is the erosion headquarters of the world. Erosion is destroying our farmlands, destroying our houses and everything.’
“This is a very gigantic project. And I promised him I am going to do that, and you know I have worked with Soludo before, he is a first class patriotic Nigerian.
The PDP presidential candidate also vowed to address the bad federal roads and arrest the erosion menace in Anambra State if elected.
Alhaji Atiku said he would support the business environment in the South-East so that the business ingenuity of the people can thrive better and as well promised to dredge the River Niger.
He also told the crowd, which comprised mostly party members and supporters, that he was a stepping stone to the much-talked-about Igbo Presidency.
Earlier , the PDP national chairman, Dr Iyorcha Ayu, commended the role played by some leaders in Anambra State during the party’s formation and declared that some members of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in the State will soon defect to the PDP.
“It was our leader, Dr Alex Ekwueme who led 34 of us, including Atiku Abubakar here to form this party. Anambra is PDP and I am happy with what I have seen here, even APGA is the son of the PDP, so we shall bring many APGA members back to their home in PDP.
“We want to assure you that the Igbos particularly Anambra people have a big stake in Nigeria, there is no village that you will go in Nigeria that you will not see an Igbo man, who is a businessman.
“So, the Igbos in terms of business are the more national people in Nigeria, you need every part of this country and I like the indomitable spirit of the Igbo nation.
“I believe that if you join hands with us under a competent leader and an experienced leader, a man who is already your in-law, businessman, a man who will ultimately take care of all the security issues in the country, stabilise this country and make it a better country for us all.
“There is nothing that I can tell you about this great man that you don’t know, give him your votes, some times an in-law is better than a son.
“I believe that Atiku is going to change the climate of the country. Hold your PVC, give us your vote, let us work together,” Ayu stated.