*Urges Nigerians to vote PDP so they can have food to eat
*Nigeria safer in 2015 than 2018 – Dogara
By Jennifer Omiloli
Former president Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Sokoto assessed all the presidential candidates and came out with a verdict that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar is the most experienced and capable to positively turn around the fortunes of the country.
Speaking at the kickoff of the PDP campaign in the North West, Dr. Jonathan said the country parades qualified presidential candidates but Atiku has an edge over all of them.
He stressed that Nigeria is presently facing a lot of challenges, including hunger, and only a candidate with a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors can pull the country out of the woods.
“Today, our country has a lot of challenges; look at all the presidential candidates, all of them are good people, but among all, we have seen that it is only Atiku that can deliver.
“If you have a soccer match, you go with your best 11, you don’t manage, if you have a wrestling or a boxing tournament, you go with your best, you don’t manage.
“Atiku is experienced enough; he has demonstrated clearly from his personal life and his business life that he has that capacity to bring this country to one, and make our economy grow, so that all of us will have food to eat”, he said.
He therefore asked Nigerians to vote Atiku Abubakar, “so that all of us will have food to eat”.
“We have seen four presidents, from Obasanjo to our late brother, Yar’Adua, to myself, and to the current president. You have seen how the various presidents and the various parties have worked, and one thing that is very clear is that PDP is still the number one party,” Jonathan added.
“There is something that all of us need as human beings, everybody eats, everybody, every day must eat, and if you cannot eat well, then you are not happy.
“PDP is the only party that can make sure all of us eat very well, in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening”, he declared.
He told the mammoth crowd that they should endeavor not to vote wrong; else their children and grandchildren will not forgive them.
“Let us not make any mistakes, those of us that are adults, old enough to vote, if we vote wrongly, our children and grandchildren will not forgive us,” he added.
A number of former and current governors of northern states also addressed the mammoth crowd, asking them to vote out the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governors include; Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa; Babangida Aliyu, former governor of Niger state; Rabiu Kwankwanso, former governor of Kano state; Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state; Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state; Ahmed Makarfi, former governor of Kaduna state.
Also present at the rally are former Vice-president Namadi Sambo; and Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman; Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives.
While giving his address, Dogara said Nigeria is not safer today than it was in 2015, and that the economy has since deteriorated, asking the people to kick out the Buhari administration.
Most of the governors who spoke at the rally addressed the people in Hausa and partly in English, reiterating the same message, asking the people to vote Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP.