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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has declared his interest on the nation’s topmost position on the barnner of opposition Peoples democratic party, PDP.
The declaration on saturday in his home state,Adamawa saw mammoth crowd of PDP members and supporters.
The ex vice President decried the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months and declares that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to citizens.
“Today, we are witnessing the most insecure atmosphere,” Mr Abubakar said of the killings largely blamed on herdsmen, bandits and militias, before promising to tackle them headlong if elected. “More people died under APC than people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Mr Abubakar told a crowd that he would curtail inflation and unemployment rate in the country, saying Mr Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress have displayed a common lack of capacity when it comes to the issues that matter to citizens the most.
“Today, we have the highest unemployment rate in history of this country, more than one million of our youth are unemployed,” Mr Abubakar said, adding that the PDP would secure the country, ensure unity and security of life and property.
He also hit Mr Buhari at one of his most vulnerable areas: “Today, we are more divided than at any other time in Nigeria’s history.”
You may recall that the president has been accused of packing key federal offices with people from his region, with critics accusing him of flouting the federal character and affirmative action principles enshrined in federal laws as necessary fabrics for holding an ethnically and religiously diverse entity like NIgeria together.
Though, Buhari has often pushed back against the claims, saying instead that his appointments have been balanced where they are not skewed towards the south.
The former vice president was accompanied by national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel, his campaign director, and Ben Murray-Bruce, a serving senator who also emceed the televised event.