A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday formally declared his bid for the 2019 presidential election.
Addressing a crowd at the ribadu square in in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, Atiku said President Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to the country.
He insisted that more people have died since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power than those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan put together.
“Fellow Nigerians, the government of APC has failed, it has failed to unite Nigerians, today we are more divided than in any other time in the history of this country”.“
“The APC government has destroyed our economy. They took over an economy with a growth of 7 per cent and brought it down to less than 2 per cent. Today we are witnessing the most insecure situation in Nigeria ever since APC took over.”
“Today we have the highest unemployment rate in this country. More than 10 million of our people have been made unemployed under the watch of the APC administration”.
Atiku however said that he is poised to work with other compatriots in the PDP to secure the party’s nomination for the next year’s election and rebuild the economy and reunite the country.
“What the PDP is going to do is to restore our economy, restore hope of a greater Nigeria and ensure that we have security of lives and property.
“I therefore appeal to all of you wherever you may be that it is time to now re-embrace the party that has given us unity, prosperity and security in this country.”
The chairman of the PDP in Adamawa State Tahir Shehu also welcomed new defectors into the PDP.