2003: Atiku In Anambra, Promises To Dredge River Niger, Tackle Erosion, Build Onitsha Port

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Atiku in Anambra State
  • I’m Stepping Stone To An Igbo President, He Assures
Electorate listening to Atiku’s promises

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on Thursday promised to dredge River Niger, control erosion in Anambra, build Onitsha Port and industrialize the state.

Speaking at Akwa, Anambra state capital during the PDP presidential campaign rally, Atiku who said he will be a stepping stone to an Igbo President in this country, added that he will fulfill all the requests made by Prof. Charles Soludo, the governor of Anambra state.

Atiku said: “On our arrival today we visited their governor, Prof. 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 am just going to do that.

“He said to make sure you control our erosion because Anambra is the erosion headquarters of the world. Erosion is destroying our farmlands, is destroying our houses, and everything we have. This is a very gigantic project. And I promised him am going to do that, and you know I have worked with Soludo before, he is a first-class patriotic Nigerian.

“You have an excellent governor. He also appealed to me that Onitsha port this time around we are going to dredge River Niger and Onitsha port is functional. We are also going to help Anambra industrialize the state so that the state will create as many jobs as possible for our young men and women.

“And you know I promised to set aside $10 billion to promote small-scale and medium enterprise for our young men and women so that they can be independent.

“I am going to be a stepping stone to an Igbo President in this country. I have shown it in my action because this is the third time I am running with an Igbo man, if you really want to produce a President then vote Atiku-Okowa ticket.

“I want to thank you the people of Anambra state for this warm reception, I never thought I will see such a crowd in Anambra state, and believe me, we are not going to forget you, we are going to reward you handsomely.”

Also speaking, the Vice Presidential candidate and governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa told the Anambra people that Atiku is the best product among all the contenders.

“Among all the contenders, it is only Atiku Abubakar who has the requisite experience to recover the country from the hardship created by the APC government.

“Atiku has pledged to empower women and youths including traders and startups with $10 billion. I plead with you to work wholeheartedly so that we can win the election in Anambra state.

“For the past two weeks, we have toured around the country as a party and I am quite convinced that PDP will win the next Presidential election.”

The National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorcha Ayu explained that Dr. Alex Ekwueme, one of the leaders of the party, “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 sun of the PDP, so we shall bring many APGA members back to their homes in PDP.”

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