The 2023 presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, has promised to make Imo State the seat of power in Nigeria if elected president in 2023.

The former Vice President stated this on Saturday while addressing Imolites at Heroes Square, New Owerri, during the flag off of the PDP campaign in Imo State.

Atiku who recalled his long standing cordial relationship with Imo State, said that he received his first chieftaincy title in the South East from Imo State – ‘Nwanne Di Na Mba of Ngor Opkala”, saying that Imo will be carried along in the scheme of things under his watch as president of the country.

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He said that his administration will set aside, Ten Billion US Dollars for the empowerment of businessmen and  women across the country, noting that Imo people and the entire South East will benefit tremendously from the scheme owing to the fact that they are predominantly businessmen and women.

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He also promised to create jobs, provide employment opportunities as well as tackle security challenges currently bedeviling the country.

“We will provide jobs. If you don’t want job, we will provide business for you”, he said.

Atiku further promised to address the issues of devolution of powers and resource control to accommodate the interests of all regions of the country.

‘ I will sit down with every part of this country, whatever devolution of powers you want, whatever resource control formula you want, we will work with the National Assembly to make sure that power and resources are devolved to the federating units”

The Adamawa State-born politician therefore, urged Imo electorate to vote for him and the PDP in the forthcoming general elections for economic growth, massive infrastructural development and  good governance .

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Earlier, the vice  presidential candidate of the party, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in his speech, described Atiku as an administrator whose administrative prowess is not in doubt, having led  the country’s economic team as vice president under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, for eight years.

The Governor of Delta State who spoke in Igbo Language, called on Ndi Imo to vote his principal and candidates of the PDP in 2023 for positive economic turn-around of the country.

In his brief speech, the former governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, enjoined the people of the state to transfer the love they have for him to Atiku and vote massively for him as they did in 2019.

Ihedioha who is the Chairman of Atiku-Okowa Campaign Council in Imo State, said that the PDP will recover Imo and Nigeria in 2023, insisting that the party remains the only credible alternative to recover the country for the people.

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The national chairman of the party, Iyiocha  Ayiu in his remarks, said that the party’s victory in 2023 was inevitable.

He however, noted that the victory could be undermined by unnecessary division, stressing the need for unity, peace and togetherness amongst party members in the state for victory to be achieved.

The Director-General of Atiku-Okowa Campaign Organization and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, described Atiku as the greatest of all 2023 presidential candidates. 

He referred to him as a pan-Nigeria and a great unifier who has the capacity to restructure, reunite and also revive the economy of the country.

Some of the party chieftains who graced the rally were, Sen. Adolphus Wagbara, Gov. Emmanuel Udom, Sen. Dino Melaye, Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, Senator Theodore Orji and many others.


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