The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will liberate and rescue Lagos State.
Ayu said this on Monday during the rally for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Lagos.
He said, “We shall rescue Lagos from the hands of people who don’t want progress for Lagos people and Nigerians. Liberating Lagos is like liberating Nigeria because Lagos is an important part of Nigeria.
“Lagos is the biggest city in the country with a population of about 25 million people which is more than most African countries and other countries in the world. It is a very rich state, a state where there should be no poverty.
“In 1993, our leader Chief MKO Abiola said farewell to poverty was going to begin in Lagos. We have brought to you hope, we have brought you a man who is experienced, who knows Lagos, who knows Nigerians, who is leading the crusade to rescue Lagos, end poverty, and create jobs. With a president from the PDP, we shall make sure that it will be better for all of us.”
On his part, Atiku lambasted the All Progressives Congress for insinuating that its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, built Lagos.
He said, “I want to give you a short history. This history is about 53 years ago, in 1969 when I first came to Lagos; there was only one Carter Bridge built by the Europeans. There was no Second Mainland Bridge, no Third Mainland Bridge, or the Tafawa Balewa Square.
“It was the Federal Government that built the Second and Third Mainland Bridges and rebuilt the Carter Bride, Agege Motor Road, Ikorodu, and all the major roads connecting the island with the mainland. Now the APC government is claiming that they developed Lagos; they did not develop Lagos at all. They are lying to you.
“Therefore, it is time for you the people of Lagos to liberate yourself from a family government to the people’s government, and that people’s government is going to be led by Jandor.
“People of Lagos, it is high time you took your destiny into your own hands for your future, not for the future of one family. In the last 23 years, you have been governed by one family and it is your right and your duty to take over that governance and hand it over to yourselves that is what the PDP stands for.
“On my own part, if you elect me as president, I promise by the grace of God, I am going to set aside $10bn so that we can empower our young men and women in SMEs. People were asking me where I was going to get that money. If I privatise Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna refineries, I am going to get that money.
“Let me also promise you, if you vote for the PDP government we will restructure this country. What do we mean by that? We will give your states and local governments more power and resources, so it is up to you to hold them responsible.”