By Mercy Kasaachi, Asaba
Former President of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has promised to reactivate all the seaports in Delta State; Warri seaport, Koko seaport and Sapele Seaport.
The ports for years had ceased to function because of lack of maintenance, thereby impacting negatively on the economy of the state. Campaigners and vote seekers have continued to promise to fix the ports but never fulfilled their promises, even when a son of the Niger Delta was president for six years.
Atiku did not explain what the ports went down in the first place or why previous administration could not reactivate them in order to show what he would do differently.
Now, Atiku during his presidential campaign in Asaba yesterday, January 31, promised Deltans that he would reactivate all the ports in the state should they elect him president of the country. He noted that the ruling party at the center, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has failed to deliver on it’s promise to the people and therefore should be voted out of power. “APC failed to deliver on the economy, it failed in security etc”, he said, and there were no projects done for the people of Delta State by the APC-led federal government.
Atiku posited that Delta has remained loyal to the PDP since 1999 and should be rewarded for their loyalty. He therefore urged them to vote him during the oncoming presidential election, promising that he would rebuild Nigerian economy as well as fix security and other problems plaguing the nation.
The highlights of the campaign rally included the handing over of the party’s flag to Gov Ifeanyi Okowa as the gubernatorial standard flag bearer of PDP in the state for the forthcoming governorship election.