*Insist PDP presidential candidate can salvage Nigeria
By JACO ONJEWU DICKSON
People Living With Disabilities, (PLWDs) North West Zone, have pledged their total support for the candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the forthcoming February, 2023 general elections.
The group in their numbers, stormed Kaduna yesterday, where they said, only Atiku and his Vice presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, can salvage Nigeria from its decades of misrule.
Speaking at the event, the Director General, (DG) campaign North West, Senator Hayatudeen Gwarzo, who is also the chairman of people living with disabilities, in North West Zone, said the meeting is aimed at mobilizing and sensitizing their people on the need to embrace the candidature of Atiku and other PDP candidates across the country.
Senator Hayatu disclosed that Atiku was able to convince them the day he celebrated the world’s disability day with them and promised to give them 5% in his cabinet if he emerges Nigeria’s president from the February 2023 polls.
He said, “we are here to pledge our full support for the presidential candidate of the people’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alh. Atiku Abubakar as our next president because he is the only candidate that identify with us and promised to carry us along once he emerged as our next president.
“We appreciate his efforts to had invited us into his campaign council to ensure his victory and we are not going to let him down. We encourage our people to go to local government and units to make sure we canvass for support from our electorates so we can be able to deliver our unit to PDP.
“We believe in Atiku because he is the only one that knows our plight and even celebrated the world’s disability day with us. He promised us that when he wins, he will give five per cent to people living with disabilities so there is no way we will not support such candidate from top to bottom”.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the event, the Kano State Coordinator, PLWDs Tudun-wada, Mr. Aminu Ahmed, said Kaduna is the heart of the North and as such, the group deemed it fit to capture the center of learning, so that other Northern states can follow suit.
In his remarks, the deputy director PLWDs North West, Mr. Ephraim Balarabe, noted that Nigerians are passing through a lot of hard times under the current administration of the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), adding that, APC is campaigning for Atiku through the unfavourable policies that have brought pains to the average Nigerians.
While reiterating that only Atiku can rescue Nigeria as its next president, Ephraim called on PLWDs, including their families to come out and vote massively for PDP, adding that the government of PDP will give them the enabling environment to explore and improve the quality of their livelihood.