The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 elections has re- affirmed his commitment to restructuring if elected on February 16 .
Atiku gave the assurance while addressing thousands of party faithful at a presidential rally at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Monday.
“ If you elect PDP and Atiku into office , I will restructure Niger Delta and all other parts of the country. We must restructure the country.
“ Secondly , after the Obasanjo / Atiku administration started the East West highway project , till today , it has not been completed .
“ It has not been completed because we did not vote PDP to continue in power in 2015 . The project has been halted till today . We are going to complete it if voted into power, ” he assured .
Atiku said that his administration would complete the dredging of old Port Harcourt and Onne sea ports if he wins the February 16 presidential polls .
According to him , Rivers State , Niger Delta and South – South had been abandoned by the administration since 2015 , notwithstanding being the economic hub of the country.
“ Every development that the people of South- South , Niger Delta and Rivers have gotten was done by PDP – led governments . The roads , schools , hospitals and water, among others were provided by PDP .
“ I assure you that I will protect the Constitution , protect separation of powers and will not interfere with the National Assembly and Judiciary because I believe in checks and balances.
“ My administration will uphold rule of law and will never allow the rule of law to be trampled by anybody , ” he promised .
Also speaking, former President Goodluck Jonathan called on the people of the state to come out en masse to vote PDP at all levels .
He said that nepotism , divisiveness , discrimination, factionalism , favouritism, sectionalism and killings had now become prevalent in the country.
“ All of us know that things that had never been happening in this country have been happening since 2015 . Nigerians can attest if the country has gone forward , backward or static .
“ We cannot as a nation continue to stay where we currently are . We believe the only person out of the candidates who can lead us out of this quagmire is Atiku.
“ If your son or daughter is qualified to become Inspector – General of Police and Chief of Army Staff , he or she will be appointed . No one will be discriminated against. Atiku will lead Nigeria forward , ” he said .
Senate President and Director- General of Atiku Presidential Campaign, Bukola Saraki , said that Atiku had experience to take the country to greater heights .
He said that poverty and unemployment had reached an all- time high never seen in the country since Independence in 1960 .
“ There is poverty in the land and Nigerians are tired of poverty . The people want a man who can bring economic prosperity and that man is Atiku, ” he said .
On his part , PDP National Chairman , Prince Uche Secondus, assured the people of victory at the polls .
He expressed optimism that Atiku would win the North Western states of Jigawa , Kebbi , Kaduna , Kano, Sokoto and Zamfara.
“ If you want a president that will work for 24 hours daily , a president with capacity and energy and a president who will be in charge and take responsibility , then vote Atiku, ” he appealed.
Highlight of the rally was the adoption of Governor Nyesom Wike as gubernatorial candidate by 58 political parties in the state .