Atiku: It’s Time to Liberate Lagos from Family Govt 

*Warns Nigerians against returning APC to power in states, federal

*Pledges to set aside $10bn for youth, women empowerment

Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has said that it is time for the people of Lagos to liberate themselves from a single family government and move to a people’s government.

Speaking at the Tafawa Balewa Square, venue of the PDP Presidential Rally in Lagos Monday, Atiku, in an apparent reference to former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is the godfather of Lagos politics and presidential candidate of APC, said a family had been ruling Lagos for 23 years, and it was time for the people of the state to be liberated.

Atiku also debunked claims by the All Progressives Congress and supporters of its Presidential candidate that Tinubu built Lagos. He said the Federal Government built Lagos.

The PDP presidential candidate said when he arrived Lagos in 1969, the only bridge in Lagos was the Carter Bridge built by the Europeans. He said at that time there was no Second Mainland Bridge or Third Mainland Bridge.

Atiku said the Federal Government rebuilt the Carter Bridge, built the Second Mainland Bridge, Third Mainland bridge, Ikorodu Road and other major roads in the state.

He said, “the Federal government built the third mainland bridge, Agege motor road, and other road infrastructure in the state, the APC govt is lying to you about developing Lagos.  

“It is time for you to liberate yourself from a family govt in power for over 23 years, by voting Jandor as your governor”. 

The PDP flag bearer also promised to privatize all the refineries to raise $10bn for women and youth empowerment in the country. 

Further speaking, Alhaji Atiku again reiterated that he would set aside $10bn to support youth and women empowerment 

He said “I will set aside 10bn to empower young men and women.“

“People have asked how I will get the money but If I privatize the Warri refinery and others, I will get the money,” he told the mammoth crowd.  

Atiku further emphasized restructuring of the country if elected.  

“If I am voted I will restructure the country. For the past 23 years you have been voting one family. It is time to liberate yoursef and vote Jandor.”

Earlier, governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos, Olajide Adediran (Jandor) told the party’s supporters that he will stop all forms of harassment by the NURTW and other miscreants hibernating in all motor parks and garages in the state. 

He said, “In the last 23 years we haven’t seen anything in Lagos and it is time for us to have a meaningful government in Lagos by voting me.”

“Poverty rate has increased since Sanwo-Olu took over despite his claims of investment of N10bn in the employment trust fund in Lagos.”

“Funke and I have been contributing our quota and employing people, we pay our taxes but Sanwo-olu and his deputy don’t.”

“Let me use this opportunity to tell the people of Lagos that you say the touts are terrorizing you but the govt doesn’t want that to stop. As your governor, I will stop all forms of harassment in markets and motor parks and this is our pledge to the people of Lagos”, he said. 

Speaking also at the rally, the party’s Vice Presidential candidate and governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa, told the crowd that, “I know Lagos is ready to deliver a massive vote for the PDP in the 2023 polls.”

“Atiku is acceptable all over the country and he is the one who can deliver to the people. PDP wants to restore the lost glory of the country.”

“The resources of Lagos must be used for the people. Not where the rich will become richer and poor poorer. Atiku is the only candidate that can restore  the glory of the lost country. Therefore go from door to door and house to house campaign to the people, PDP will restore Nigeria’s greatness,” Okowa said.

On his part, the Chairman of PDP, Iyorcha Ayu told the gathering that Atiku will make Nigeria the best country in Africa. 

He assured the people of Lagos that if Atiku is elected, he would abolish the multiple taxation system in Lagos.

He said, “Lagos is going to be liberated. We are going to rescue lagos from the hands of people who don’t want the progress of NIgeria. Liberating Lagos is liberating Nigeria. 

It is a state that shouldn’t be in poverty. Atiku is ready to liberate Lagos, he won’t over tax you like the multiple taxation going on in Lagos.  

He urged the crowd of supporters to “vote Jandor and all our candidates and above all we shall recover the Aso rock”, he said.

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