#NigeriaDecides2019: INEC To Hire Donkeys, Bicycles In Gombe State

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to hire donkeys and bicycles to distribute election materials in hard-to-reach areas of Gombe State.

Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Friday.

Ibrahim said the difficult terrains were villages located in Yamaltu-Deba and Shingom Local Government Areas of the state.

“We will hire donkeys, bicycles and motorcycles to distribute election materials.

“This is because some of the areas lack access routes and INEC has made adequate arrangements in the area of logistics as well as other areas,’’ he said.

Ibrahim said the commission had made adequate arrangements in terms of security and conducted massive voter education.

He noted that there was provision for brail ballot papers for the blind and the lepers could use their legs to vote.

Ibrahim said INEC also made provision for a magnifier for those that have a problem with their sight.

He also said the commission mounted tracking system and monitors for the election process.

NAN

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FCT Police Beef Up Security Ahead Of Election

The Nigeria Police Force has assured residents of Kubwa- Bwari axis in the FCT of their readiness to protect lives and property before, during and after the general election.

The Area Commander Kubwa Police Division, ACP Gado Bakyu gave the assurance while receiving delegates from the Federal Road Safety Corps and members of the Rotary Club in his office in Abuja.

ACP Bakyu explained that the division have recorded several successes, part of which was the arrest of some hoodlums who have been terrorising the community and promised to do more.

“I am always happy to welcome men of the FRSC, I am ready to give you all the support and work with you any time, for this election, I am giving you my assurance if you need my officers just call me I will release them, all we want is to provide better service delivery and a hitch free 2019 election” he said.

Earlier, the Unit Commander FRSC Assistant Corps Commander Okonkwo Chime, said the visit was to seek collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force in providing better coverage of the coming election.

In a remark, the Inspiration President Rotary Club of Abuja Kubwa Gateway D9125, Miss Nina Samuel while commending the men of the police force in ensuring peace in the community, said the visit was part of the Rotary responsibility in promoting peace and conflict resolution in the country.

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#SanwoLovesLagos: Sanwo-Olu Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Lagosians, Assures Of Quality Service

Lagos was painted red with love yesterday, as friends of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu organized a Valentine’s Day event with Lagosians, with the aim of spreading love, themed: ‘A Passion to serve’.

The events, took place at Abule Egba, Festac, Ikeja, Surulere, and Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos, and featured music, dance competition, pretty ladies in red, addressed as ‘Sanwo Angels’, handing out roses to Lagosians, and dance dramas that passed the ‘T.H.E.M.E’ message of Sanwo-Olu to Lagosians.

Sanwo-Olu in company with his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat surprisingly stopped by at the Ikeja venue, to a rousing welcome from supporters. Sanwo-Olu personally handed out roses to Lagosians, and also reiterated his plans for a greater Lagos.

He said: “From the creative energies of our youths, the spirit of enterprise in our land, to the wisdom of our elders, I am persuaded a greater Lagos is possible. There could not have been a better day for me to tell you of my love to serve you than today,” he said.

Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu said that his administration will be committed to reducing travel time and increasing per capita productivity for Lagosians by improving infrastructures such as road, rail and water transportation.

“Our major healthcare plan is to improve access and affordability through comprehensive health insurance and improve primary and secondary health facilities. And for our environment, LAWMA’s waste management system will be upgraded for better service delivery while we implement measures to turn waste to wealth and ensure a clean and healthy environment in Lagos,” he added.

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FG Exposes PDP’s Plan To Orchestrate Crisis, Trigger Panic Ahead Of Polls

With just a few days to the Presidential and National Assembly
elections, the Federal Government has alerted the nation to the
last-minute desperate plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to
orchestrate a crisis and trigger a sense of panic among the populace,
in furtherance of their plan to discredit the election and cause a
constitutional crisis.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the plot confirms the alarm
raised by the Federal Government on Jan. 21st and Feb. 3rd 2019 that
the PDP is planning to scuttle the election and, where that fails,
discredit it.

He said in the days ahead, PDP bigwigs, including its presidential
candidate Atiku Abubakar, his running mate Peter Obi, PDP Governors
and others, are planning a world press conference in order to level
frivolous and unfounded allegations against the federal government and
the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Alhaji Mohammed said that part of the false allegations they plan to
make is that the Presidency, in connivance with the APC, is planning
to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
announce presidential election results that are favourable to the
government in power, on the basis of the false premise that the APC’s
intelligence team is worried that the ruling party would lose the elections.

He said the PDP bigwigs also plan to use their world press conference
to further disparage the Buhari Administration as well as the ruling
APC, with a view to painting an unfavourable image of both to
Nigerians and the international community and to put the government on
the defensive in the run-up to the polls.

The Minister said the PDP’s last joker is a two-hour live press
conference to be addressed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola
Ologbodiyan, on Feb. 14th, the last day of electioneering campaign, to
chronicle all their concocted allegations and lies against the ruling
government, cast aspersion on government and ruling party officials
and throw innuendos here and there.

”As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realized that it
cannot possibly win a free, fair and credible polls. It has thus
resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at
federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish
allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.

”The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected
globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the
elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly
welcomed observers, both local and foreign., because he has nothing to
hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his
Administration will win him re-election.

”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international
community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls.
We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm,
except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the
panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election
even before it has been held,” he said.

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Face Brexit, Russia Collusion, Nigeria Group Tells UK, US

A foreign relations group in Nigeria has urged the United Kingdom and the United States to face their own democratic challenges rather than focusing on Nigeria election.

The Global Relations Policy Forum (GRPF) says it is completely ridiculous for the UK and US to tell Nigeria how to run its own election when they are both the laughing stock of the world.

Sadiq Adamu, President of GRPF, said they should first remove the beam out of their own eyes, and then they can see clearly to remove the speck out of Nigeria’s eye.

“The Russia Collusion has plagued the United States democracy since its 2016 election. Globally, the world is watching daily as allegations and evidences of a collusion unravels in the ‘almighty’ United States.

“The Special Counsel Robert Meuller has shown us that there was indeed a collusion. So if the US cannot conduct a free and fair election, why should they be the model for any country across the world?”

Adamu argued that the US has no locus standi to interfere in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. “If you followed the mid-terms election in the US, you will understand that there is a lot of work to be done on the US democracy but Nigeria or any other country did not interfere?”

“The Federal Government of Nigeria did not issue a statement when the votes were recounted in Georgia or when 3,000 votes disappeared in the votes recount in Florida. How exactly are this free and fair elections?

“I’m sure that not many Nigerians know that electorate had to use torch lights at polling booths in the US during the mid-terms election. Yes, they had to because there was no electricity. These are facts and they are there for all to see, how dare the US now tell us about electioneering processes,” he quizzed.

Adamu explained that the UK has been struggling with its bungled Brexit deal. He says that is a pointer that they cannot handle their own problems.

“A couple of days ago, Donald Tusk said there is a special place in hell for Brexiters without a plan, to the chagrin of the Britons,” he added.

“Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May are at each others throats and Nigeria is yet to issue a statement urging them to find a solution to their problems.

Adamu stated that Nigeria is a sovereign country and so it the US and the UK. He noted that the EU is not exempted from the lashing because it erroneously intervened in the matter. “The EU is grappling with problems of its own and it has failed to address key issues confronting the union.

“I think they all need to assess themselves and look within before they try to set Nigeria on fire because of self-centered politics.

He claimed that the fact that corruption has been plugged is the reason why the UK, US and EU are not happy with President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria.

“We understand that the table has turned since Nigeria’s anti-corruption fight began under President Buhari. In the 16 years of PDP rule, Nigeria’s treasury was looted to these countries but since President Buhari emerged in 2015, we have been taking those monies back.

“There is no jamboree travels to the US, UK and EU. We don’t shop there anymore and Nigerians are less concerned about foreign food as well. We must understand their frustration,” he said.

He assured the world that the 2019 election in Nigeria will be free, fair and credible, stressing that, all countries across the globe are welcomed to observe.

“I think they should come and observe and then write their reports. They should not come and ignite Nigeria.”

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No One Can Islamize Nigeria, Osinbajo Declares

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has dismissed reports and claims that President Muhammadu Buhari or anyone for that matter has plans to Islamize Nigeria.

Osinbajo who resumed his unique Family Chat at Kurudu, FCT, told a mammoth crowd that no one is trying to impose any single religion on the country.

He explained that the propaganda peddled by naysayers is aimed at discrediting President Buhari who already has a record that shows he is a detribalized leader.

“I have interacted with this man (President Buhari), he is an honest man, he has no intention whatsoever of imposing his religion on anybody at all,” he told the crowd at Kurudu.

Prof Osinbajo added that, “In our cabinet, there are 20 people who are Christians, 18 who are Muslims and our Head of Service (Winifred Oyo-Ita) is a Christian from Winners Chapel. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Boss Mustapha) who is the highest civil servant is also a Christian, so there is no way in the world that anybody will tell you that. They are only spreading propaganda and they are trying to discredit the man (Buhari) but they are telling a lie,” Osinbajo said.

Prof Osinbajo added that this was how they previously lied that President Buhari was sponsoring Boko Haram and had told the terrorist group to attack the Jonathan government.

“In 2015 when we were coming into office, they said this man (Buhari) is the one sponsoring Boko Haram, they said it was because he didn’t mean well for Jonathan’s government, but it was a lie because on 24th July, 2014, Boko Haram attacked Buhari in Kaduna, killed 82 people including seven of Buhari’s relatives who were with him”.

“That is the same Boko Haram that they claimed he was sponsoring but now everybody knows that his not behind Boko Haram, the same Muhammadu Buhari is the one who drove Maitatsine out of this county, when Maitatsine was in this country and he is doing same thing to Boko Haram.

Osinbajo had earlier visited the family of late Major Solomon Kabiru Umaru.

The gallant army officer passed out from Nigeria Defence Academy in 2003. His last unit was 143 battalion, Ovin. He died on the 17th December 2014 serving the nation in the North East.

Prof Osinbajo also had a chat with his wife, Mrs Gloria Umaru and three kids Ruth, Solomon Jnr and Sarah.

The unique Family Chat style campaign by Prof Osinbajo is being taken to every segment of the populace

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Your Alleged Islamisation Of Nigeria Is Mischievous, MURIC Tells Danjuma

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged Nigerians to ignore the words of Retired Lt. Gen. TY Danjuma , saying ” Islamists must not rule Nigeria again.”

Danjuma had accused the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of islamisation of the judiciary at a gathering of the Northern Christian Elders Forum (NCEF).                       

In a swift reaction, the Muslim group, in a statement signed by its founder and director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described the allegation of Islamisation as “baseless, unfounded and mischievous.”

“Lt. Gen. Danjuma is trying to mislead Nigerians”. MURIC said.

“He is inciting them against Muslim leaders. He and those who joined him in this last journey to nowhere seek to turn Christians and Muslims against each other. We will not allow that. Such a move is self-serving and callous. It is the road to self-destruction. A house divided against itself cannot stand. We urge Nigerians to ignore them.

“Nigerians who are not victims of collective amnesia will recall that the cry of ‘Islamisation’ has always been on the lips of Islamophobics from time immemorial. Yet nobody has been Islamised. They ranted over sukuk bonds until they saw its fruits being used to build roads everywhere, including the South East. Of the 36 ministers in the country, 18 are Christians while 18 are also Muslims. In addition, Christians were given two juicy posts by this Muslim president: the secretary to the Federal Government and the Chief of Staff. Where lies Islamisation agenda? Islamisation or Fulanisation is a mirage, a phantom. It exists only in the imagination of disgruntled elements.

“Nigerians should ask Danjuma and his ilks the following questions. Is it Islamisation to construct the Second Niger Bridge? Is it Fulanisation to refurbish Lagos-Ibadan expressway? How many of the 9.2 million school children who are being fed free by this administration are Fulanis or Muslims? Is the new fast train in Abuja part of the Islamisation? How many Muslims have taken the train without their tickets and how many Christians have been turned back on the basis of their faith? Buhari may be a Muslim but his new roads know no religion. His trains know no religion.

“How can anyone interpret the suspension of a billionaire CJN who possesses 55 houses in Abuja alone as Islamisation? The next qualified person was picked for the post and that is due process. What crime has he committed for being a Muslim? How can that be interpreted as Islamisation? Very soon it will be Islamisation for Nigerian Muslims to get employment. It will be Islamisation if a Muslim eats. It will be Islamisation if the pilot of a plane or the driver of a bus is a Muslim. It is mass profiling and indiscriminate stigmatization of Nigerian Muslims.

“It is the Acting CJN today. It can be any Muslim tomorrow. MURIC will continue to defend Allah-given fundamental rights of Nigerian Muslims with every legitimate means at its disposal. No amount of blackmail, intimidation and name-calling can deter us. Both Muslims and Christians have the right to rule Nigeria because this country is a multi-religious state. We will not stand akimbo and allow some self-acclaimed elders to mislead Nigerians or to blackmail or scare away Muslims who have leadership potentials  

“Progressive people around the world are not using religion as a criterion for picking their leaders. They look at industry, antecedence, integrity, competence and morality. This should be the focus of Nigerians. We must free ourselves from the bondage of articulated religiousity. Religion is not about hate, killing and burning. Religion is love. We were human beings before we knew about any religion. So religion is humanity.

“We charge Nigerians to be wary of peddlers of hate. It is not religion. Neither is it ethnicity. We strongly suspect that TY Danjuma is calling for a personal pound of flesh. The tap from which free money has been flowing for so long has been closed by this administration. The Father Christmas mentality of past regimes has given way to prudent management of government’s resources. Oil licenses and blocks are not being renewed.

“No wonder, therefore, that a prominent member of the tiny cabal is venting his spleen on the Buhari regime. The electioneering period has been chosen to drive the point home. But Nigerians should not be deceived. It is neither about religion nor ethnicity. Otherwise why are the candidates of the two leading political parties Muslims and ‘Islamists’? How did this come about in spite of all the noise in the churches that Christians should not vote for Muslim candidates? Why are the candidates of the two major political parties of Fulani extraction despite the outcry in churches that Christians should not vote for any Fulani man?

“The truth is that the capitalist bourgeoisie political class to which the tiny cabal belongs are fidgety. They see themselves as the owners of Nigeria and they are deeply worried that power is gradually shifting to the masses. They are just 1% of the population. But they are so powerful that they control 85% of the total wealth of Nigeria. They control the media and they used to control government until 2015. The 99% who are the masses continue to struggle over the sharing of the remaining 15% of Nigeria’s resources. It cannot go round and this explains why we always fight among ourselves. To make matters worse, people like Danjuma and his NCEF inject the opium in religion and the heroin in ethnicity into the system to add fuel to the conflagration.      

“It should be noted that the NCEF has already been disowned by the officially recognized body of Nigerian Christians. NCEF is no more than a concoction and an unknown nomenclature, a pain in the neck even for Christendom and an embarrassment for true and patriotic Christians.

“MURIC advices Nigerians to disregard religious jobbers and spiritual busy bodies looking for a platform to unleash acrobatic religiousity and gymnastic spirituality. NCEF is fanning the embers of religious extremism among Christians. It can only lead to mayhem. This is a group known for fomenting trouble and for crying wolf where there is none. Its stock-in-trade has always been hate speech and incitement.

“Lt. Gen. Danjuma Must learn to live and let live. We remind him that the world is watching. We appeal to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to call NCEF to order once again. We call the attention of foreign observers, leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union to the inciting statements of Lt. Gen. Danjuma and his cohorts.

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How Adeboye Prayed For Osinbajo’s Protection Before Crash-Landing

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed how Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) called him hours before his helicopter crash-landing in Kabba, Kogi State.

Osinbajo disclosed this at RCCG City of Grace, Lokoja, Kogi state during a thanksgiving service after his helicopter crash landed in Kabba on Saturday.

He narrated how Pastor Adeboye called him to pray for his protection after Friday’s Holy Ghost service at the Redemption Camp on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

“Only God can take the glory for saving my life and that of the nine crew members on board.”

“No amount of thanksgiving and praises to God would be enough for saving my life and nine crew on board.

“God is the one who can do all things, and only him can take the glory; we return the glory to him.

“We are here to say thank you, thank you Jesus. We bless his name forever and ever,” he said.

He prayed God to bless all the people that have celebrated with him in the state, the nation and the world at large.

“All I have to say is that we are grateful and we are moving to the next level; the Lord will uphold us to the next level and Kogi will be number one,” Osinbanjo said.

The Vice President in his testimony at the church gave God all the glory, praise and thanksgiving. He then narrated how Pastor E. A. Adeboye had called him in after Friday’s Holy Ghost service to pray and asked him about the progress of the campaigns.

“I briefed him on the progress we have made with the campaign and then the General Overseer prayed for God’s protection for me in all my travels and movements.

Prof. Osinbajo narrated how Pastor Adeboye emphasized the prayer of protection and that was Friday midnight. The crash-landing happened on Saturday, hours after the prayers by Pastor Adeboye.

In his thanksgiving speech, Prof. Osinbajo said the plan of the devil for him and those on the chopper was different from the outcome.

“That was not what the devil had planned but what did the headline read, Vice President Osinbajo’s helicopter crashes all unhurt, not one crash,” he said during a thanksgiving service in Lokoja on Sunday.

Earlier, in a live telecast from the RCCG headquarters, Lagos, Pastor Adeboye, asked the congregation to rise and give glory to God for saving the life of his son, VP Osinbajo, from a crash.

According to Adeboye, the devil wanted to take the life of Yemi Osinbajo, but God put the devil to shame.

He, therefore, asked the congregation to specially appreciate God on behalf of the Vice President and all the crew onboard, for his supernatural protection, saying Nigeria would not mourn.

In his sermon, entitled: “Carriers of Glory”, Adeboye said for anybody to carry glory, he must be a true child of God and live a life of holiness.

Taking his lesson from the Bible in the book of Matthew 5: 14- 15, he said: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

“As a carrier of glory, anywhere you arrive the darkness will automatically disappear.

“When God begins to use you, the glory belongs to God and you, so you must learn to always give glory to God.

“Do not take the glory to yourself because it is not yours, it belongs to God,” Adeboye said.

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Vice President Osinbajo Promises Improvement Of Cashew Product

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has promised to improve processing of cashew products in Kogi state to make it viable and create more jobs.

Osinbajo made the promise in Idah, Kogi state while addressing monarchs and people of the area at the Attah Igala’s palace.

Professor Osinbajo said government was investing massively in agriculture and that farmers would be getting loan facilities that would aid them in the cashew business.

According to the Vice President, the administration was targeting about one million jobs through its social investment programmes for youths to improve their means of livelihood.

Professor Osinbajo insisted that arrangements were being finalized to revive the Ajaokuta steel complex in view of its importance to Nigeria’s industrial development.

Attah Igala, Doctor Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni, the sector lauded federal government’s efforts in improving the economy and security noting that people of Igalaland would remain supportive of government.

In a remark, Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello solicited Federal government’s intervention in exploitation of the state’s abundant natural resources as well as resuscitation of Ajaokuta steel complex.

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Atiku/Obi Will Elevate Corruption To State Craft – BMO

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has continued to show the whole world that corruption would be a state policy if he ever becomes President of the country. 

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says that it came to this conclusion after watching Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi on “The Candidate”, a live television programme on next month’s presidential election.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said: “we know that it is not a coincidence that both men made Freudian slips on how they would encourage acts of corruption if (God forbid) they get to the Presidential Villa. 

“As was expected with Atiku on the podium, the anchor peron opened the programme by asking the former Vice President to give his thoughts on corruption; but, after defining it as the act of using public office for private gains, it was shocking that the PDP Presidential candidate did not see anything wrong with his company (INTELS) getting the concession rights to some of the nation’s Ports in 2006 when he was Vice President and head of the privatisation process.

“Not even Obi, his running mate, saw corruption, nor conflict of interest in his decision to invest Anambra State government’s funds in his private business, at a time he was governor of the State 

“All these show that the Atiku/Obi ticket would elevate their wheeler-dealer mentality to the level of state craft to the detriment of the average Nigerian, after all he had previously made it clear he would enrich his friends.” 

The group also questioned the PDP Presidential candidate’s readiness to shield corrupt individuals from prosecution if they return looted funds. 

It wondered why Atiku would say it is more prudent to grant amnesty to looters rather than put them up for trial. 

“But what many would find befuddling is how he prefers amnesty for high profile, politically exposed persons and then cite Turkey as an example of where it worked. 

“What he left out is that Turkey, under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has a criminal code that criminalises various forms of corrupt activities even, if it is just an attempt to corrupt a public official. Individuals in that country may be incarcerated for up to twelve years for simple bribery offences while Companies may face seizure of assets or income as a penalty. 

“The example of Malaysia and Kenya which attempted to grant amnesty to corrupt persons in exchange for the return of looted funds, but failed, showed that applicable sanctions are the best way to confront corruption in high places. 

“The success story of the President Buhari administration in assets forfeiture in the last three years shows that seizing assets and funds found to be proceeds of corruption, and also prosecution, can serve the purpose of double deterrent, especially now that the courts have given legal backing to Executive Order 6.” 

The Pro-Buhari group added that the PDP Presidential candidate and his running mate again showed that their campaign is based on lies, with the way they reeled out unverifiable statistics and data. 

“Even before the programme ended, fact-checks showed that Atiku and Obi dished out lies on issues ranging from Nigeria’s GDP in 2015, to security challenges before the Buhari administration.

“We make bold to say that these individuals cannot be trusted with power at a time that Nigeria is just recovering from sixteen years of misrule. Any outright sale of government owned enterprises to cronies and friends at giveaway rates can only lead to catastrophic consequences,” the group warned.

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I’ll Complete 2nd Niger Bridge Because Of My Wife, Says Atiku

Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised the Southeast people that he will complete the Second Niger Bridge.

Atiku, who made the promise yesterday at the party’s mega campaign rally in Onitsha, said he would ensure its quick completion because of his wife, who hails from the commercial city of Anambra.

He also promised to ensure the completion and construction of roads in the region with the assistance of his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi.

Atiku, who was accompanied to the campaign field by Obi and his wife, Jenifer Atiku Abubakar, said he was not in Onitsha to campaign, but to present his wife and deputy, who he said were the real contestants.

“I’m not here to campaign, but to inform you that your son, Peter Obi and your daughter are the real contestants. I’m in the minority.

“You asked me to complete Second Niger Bridge, that I’ll do because of my wife. With Peter Obi as the VP, be rest assured that the roads in the region will be completed too,” the candidate said.

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