2019: Atiku will jail treasury looters – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would not spare those looting the nation’s common wealth.
The party also said next year’s presidential election will be a referendum against the failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.
But the Buhari campaign organisation said it was not inspired by any anti-corrupt posture of the former vice president.
PDP said in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed on all fronts, and warned those enjoying official cover for corruption to be ready to face the wrath of the law.
“Atiku will open a system-wide fight against corruption as soon as he is elected into office by strengthening the institutions empowered by our laws to do their jobs, while he concentrates on the onerous duty of governance and rescuing our people from hunger, starvation, bloodlettings and wanton killings,” the party promised.
It assured that Atiku would not compromise in fight against poverty and would also be uncompromisingly fight corruption.
The former vice president had said the Buhari administration has failed on the economy, security and on the fight against corruption.
PDP said Atiku would revamp the nation’s economy through the creation of qualitative employment for the youth.
The party said its presidential candidate would also implement the political and economic restructuring of the nation in a manner that would engender unity, inclusiveness in governance and uplift in the general standard of living for the people.
According to PDP, Atiku, upon his election into office, would immediately commence the marketing of Nigeria to the international business community, as well as providing a clement environment for businesses to thrive in our nation.
PDP said: “Atiku will open a system-wide fight against corruption as soon as he is elected into office by strengthening the institutions empowered by our laws to do their jobs, while he concentrates on the onerous duty of governance and rescuing our people from hunger, starvation, bloodlettings and wanton killings.
“A combination of Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, known internationally for their forthrightness, hard work, ingenuity and managerial competencies, guarantees a prudent and result-oriented administration that will liberate our nation from the economic shackles that President Buhari’s wasteful, notoriously incompetent, and deceptive administration has plunged us into.
“Atiku Abubakar comes with the Nigerian resilient entrepreneurial spirit to, once again, open up our economy, attract investments, create jobs and unite our citizenry for a more productive nation.
“Already, our candidate, as a successful entrepreneur, has perfected an economic template that will reduce the cost of governance, plug wastages, tackle corruption, free our national resources currently being squandered by the Buhari administration and channel them for the welfare of the people.
“What Nigerians earnestly desire now is a resourceful president, not an incompetent leader who lacks the capacity to run a complex economy; who stays aloof and completely insensitive to the plights of citizens, while providing official cover for his officials to fritter away trillions of naira from our beleaguered national treasury.”
The party said Nigerian youths are earnestly seeking for a president who will be in charge, not one who rules by proxy.
“They look forward to a president who will give hope in the face of a consuming despair and one, whose words resonate with their aspirations in life.
“Nigerians seek a president who will not watch helplessly while marauders and insurgents kill our brothers and sisters in their numbers; whose only achievement is plunging our nation into economic recession, collecting foreign loans and accumulating debts with nothing to show.
“This 2019 election is, therefore, a direct referendum on these failures and the determination of Nigerians to choose a new leader who will rescue our nation from the throes of hunger and starvation,” it said.
PDP said the 2019 election would not be about character assassination or mouthing some worn-out sloganeerings about corruption, but will be about a demonstrable capacity to deliver on the mandate.
“Nigerians are not buying their smear campaign against Atiku Abubakar as Nigerians have seen that what the presidency had done in its almost four-year term is paying lip service to fighting corruption while its members swim in an ocean of corruption.
“Instead of this unnecessary fixation on our candidate, the PDP challenges President Buhari to step out and give account of his stewardship; how he ran down a once robust economy in a space of three years; why he is running a corrupt administration; why his administration failed to protect our slain compatriots and how trillions of naira are stolen under the cover of his Presidency.
“Finally, the PDP forewarns all looters in the Buhari Presidency, including those involved in the alleged stealing of over N14 trillion from several sleazy oil deals; the alleged undisclosed oil revenue leading to the deadlock at the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC); alleged stealing of funds meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) among other sleazes covered by the Buhari Presidency, to get ready to vomit their loots and face the law in no distant time.”
Spokesman for Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyemo (SAN) noted that the fight against corruption must be led by somebody who has track record of integrity.
“The fight against corruption must be led by a leader who has the track record of honesty,” he said.
According to him, 2019 would be a referendum on the record of Atiku as Nigeria’s former vice president and President Buhari who refused to be corrupted either as a president or his immediate family.
“It would be a referendum that Atiku as former vice president compete with his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo on the establishment of private universities.
“We had a president and vice president who were competing among themselves who would be more corrupt – one established Bell University, and the other established America University of Nigeria,” Keyamo said
He further added that it would be a referendum whether Nigerians want a return of that era where the nation was being looted or not.

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