2023 Elections: Atiku renews pledge to set aside $10bn for youths, women empowerment

The Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reiterated his pledge to set aside 10 billion US dollars for women and youth’s empowerment if elected President in next month’s election.

Atiku made the pledge on Tuesday while speaking to party supporters in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

According to him, Ekiti state enjoys a pride of place as the Centre of intellectualism in Nigeria with a population of more educated persons than anywhere else in the country.

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Atiku said, “Ekiti State is the center of intellectual discuss, you have more educated people in this state than any other state in the country.

“I can assure you that a PDP federal government will make use of the human capital that God has endowed you with in Ekiti, it is your God given gift and we shall utilize that human resources that God has given you.

“Besides we want to make sure that particularly our young men and women have businesses to do, have sources of income.

“That is why I pledge to set aside Ten Billion US dollars so that those young men and women who want to get involved in enterprises will be given loans and capital so that they can achieve their life time ambition.

Also speaking at the event, the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyiorchia Ayu, took a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress for lacking the basic tenets of democracy in the conduct of government business.

Ayu said, “We have a political party that does nor believe in democracy, if you believe in democracy you allow other political parties to express also themselves.

“We understand the enemies without and the enemies within decided that there will be be no vehicular movement in Ekiti State today, but you disappointed them because you are committed to the rescue and building of our country.

“Nobody can stop you from librating yourselves from this type of leadership that we have from outside or without the PDP family. They may stop you from moving but they can’t stop you from voting. A few days from today you will have the opportunity to rescue Ekiti.”

Also the Vice Presidential Candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa said, “It is time to bring back a government that cares for the people. The high level of insecurity is not for the Nigeria we are talking about, the disunity in the country today, that is not the Nigeria of our dream.

“The way they have destroyed the education of this country, that was not what we hoped for and now our people are hungry, they can’t have employment. Everything is going bad, industries are packing, everything is getting expensive, that is not the Nigeria of our dream.

“We want as a party to begin the process to recreate a new Nigeria, where everybody will be happy, where people will get employed, where our youths can have hope for their future and when they are leaving the school, they know that there is something in stock for them to do. This is what Atiku Abubakar has promised us.”

 

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