Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the weekend accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to rig the forthcoming general elections by importing foreigners from Niger and Chad Republic into the country to vote in the February 16 elections.
Atiku who made the accusations in Benin City, the Edo State capital, however, urged Edo people to shine their eyes on Election Day to resist any attempt by the APC to rig the election, just as he promised to make job creation and youth development his major focus if elected president on February 16.
Atik while addressing PDP Presidential rally in Benin, also told the people of Edo State that the only way to stop the hunger and poverty currently ravaging the length and breadth of the country is to vote out President Buhari and his APC government.
He advised the party faithful to be vigilant and should not allow anybody to force them to leave their polling units after voting but to stay-put and allow the result to be declared before leaving.
“When you vote, it is about your future, where you vote, stay there, tell them that the result must be called and if you go, they will cheat you, they will rig the election.
“You see how they are bringing people from Niger and Chad. They will come in your own country to turn you to slave, do not agree. Now after that you can now go and make sure they do not rig you,” he said.
The PDP presidential candidate who arrived the rally ground at 5 p.m. said Nigerians should not forget in a hurry how PDP rescued the country from poverty and debts that the ruling APC has returned the country.
“They have already destroyed this country. This is the first time we are having 21 million Nigerians out of jobs. Never in this country; most of you people are out of jobs. It is APC that has caused this problem for you. So, join me now to send them home.
“We are not like APC; you know what PDP has done for this country. The price of crude oil was $11 yet we saved to pay all our foreign debts. We saw prosperity, we saw GSM revolution. We want to continue with this prosperity. So we appeal to you to vote PDP,” he said.
While promising to create jobs for the unemployed in the country, Atiku further declared, “I have always told Nigerians that I am the bridge between my generation and your own generation.
“There is something I can see here now, virtually 90 percent of the people in this rally are young men and young women and that is why I said my government is going to be made up of 70 percent young men and women because if you look at the number of people who have registered between the young men and women, they constitute about 70 percent and what does it mean? It means we have to prepare you to take over the reign of government of this country.
“We have to prepare you so that you can have a meaningful career. Whatever you want to do, so that you can succeed,” he said.
Speaking also, the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus appealed to INEC not to use the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to rig the forthcoming general elections.
“Today we are convinced beyond reasonable doubts that the people of Edo State have come out here in their numbers and by your own mandate, come 16th of February; you will come out to vote for Atiku.
“Atiku is coming to rescue Nigeria from poverty, from hunger, from mass stealing, to create jobs, he is very energetic with his wealth of experience, Nigeria will be better again but we warn INEC not to use IDPs to rig the election,” he said.