Being a Speech by Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the Opening Ceremony of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium, Port Harcourt
Saturday, October 6, 2018.
My Dear Delegates,
On this day, you have a most important decision in your hands. You must decide who will represent the PDP as our candidate for the President of Nigeria.
This election is one of the most important in the history of our Republic. Four years ago, the people of Nigeria voted for Change, today they are not happy with the change they received.
The economy has slowed bringing hardship across Nigeria, increasing hunger and poverty, farmers struggle, businesses close, and jobs are lost. All the while, our government has become less transparent and deaf to the voices of Nigerians.
It is time we get Nigeria working again. We need jobs, wealth creation for farmers and across the agriculture sector, along with security for every Nigerian so they may prosper.
This is why I ask for your support in seeking the PDP ticket. You are aware of my government service and just as importantly my long work in business helping develop the economy, creating jobs in agriculture, healthcare, and education.
Upon election, I will work with you the delegates of the PDP and every Nigerian in each state to restructure and build the local infrastructures needed to grow the economy, create jobs and bring wealth to every Nigerian.
With your support, together, we can truly get Nigeria working again.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
God bless the PDP.
Atiku Abubakar, GCON
Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999-2007.