The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for 2019, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, has said his emergence is causing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a lot of distress.
Atiku, who is also a former vice president, in a statement by his campaign office, yesterday, said accusations by the APC that he is desperate is borne out of panic and confusion, which the ruling party has been thrown into since his emergence as PDP presidential candidate.
He said if anyone is desperate for power, it is the APC presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said while Nigeria needs job creation to cater for the army of unemployed youths, instead of creating new jobs about 11 million jobs have been lost under the APC-led federal government in the last three years.
“The fact of the matter is that no other candidate is as poised as Atiku Abubakar to Get Nigeria Working Again. Nigerians want jobs and Atiku means jobs.
“Our question to president Buhari and the APC is: how many jobs have they created?” he asked rhetorically.
Furthermore, Atiku said some of his successful private businesses, “including a microfinance bank that has moved 45,000 families out of poverty and Rica Gado, a livestock feed company that has significantly reduced instances of herdsmen/farmers clashes by providing a business-friendly solution instead of asking Nigerians to give up their lands for cattle ranching or face death, as the Buhari government did.”
“Unlike president Buhari, Atiku Abubakar does not believe Nigerian youths are lazy. How could he, when 25,000, out of his 50,000 employees are youths?
“Nigerians should note that we have just listed only a few of the many booming commercial enterprises founded by Atiku Abubakar.
“Now, we urge the Buhari presidency and the APC to mention even one successful private endeavour that the president has successfully run, and by private enterprises, we are not referring to 150 cows that never increase in number, year in, year out.”