From Paul Orude Bauchi

Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has promised to ensure smooth exploration of crude oil resources discovered in Bauchi and Gombe states.

He also promised to inject the required amount of money for the empowerment of youths and women with a view to tackling poverty and youth restiveness and other vices in the country.

He made the pledge in Bauchi while addressing a huge crowd of supporters during the PDP presidential campaign rally at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, yesterday.

The former vice president explained that transporting the discovered petroleum resources from the states would not be a problem as he has a plan to revive the rail lines that connected the North East sub-region with other parts of the country.

He described the large turnout of supporters as a massive show of support for the PDP and indication that Nigerians were fed up with the All Progressives Congress (APC)

“We have gone round the country to campaign for our party but we have not seen this kind of crowd in all our outings except in Bauchi,” he said.

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 Governor Bala Mohammed stated that Bauchi was PDP-controlled state expressed hope that all the party’s candidates would emerge victorious in the forthcoming general elections.

He said Bauchi State is 100 per cent for Atiku, saying PDP in.the state has received over 10,000 supporters that decamped from APC, NNPP, LP and other political parties.

“Atiku is our father and we will elect him unconditionally,” Mohammed said.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu said the party’s presidential candidate has all the required experience for the position of president, adding that if voted into power, PDP would correct the ills of previous administrations.

The event had in attendance Governors Ifeanyi Okowa, Bala Mohammed, Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), former governors and senators. 

among others.