Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar on Monday called on Nigerians not to hand over power to All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Atiku said this while speaking at The Summit House during an engagement with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).
The former vice president stormed Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Sunday night after visiting Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) to commiserate with PDP members involved in a fatal truck accident in Plateau state. .
Atiku described Tinubu as “a novice or the national leader of the same party that led us to this unfortunate situation.”
The PDP presidential candidate added that the task ahead cannot be downplayed and that only he has the knowledge to rescue Nigeria.
“As head of the economic management team while Vice President, I was instrumental in crafting a private sector revival strategy and advocated for opening up the economy to private sector investment in various sectors. And we made tremendous progress.
“I’m sure you still remember the good old days of fast economic growth with stable interest and exchange rates, low inflation, low unemployment rates and low poverty rates. We paid almost all our external debt that was crippling the country.
“It will be dangerous for Nigeria to cede its future to a rookie or to the national leader of the same party that got us into this sorry situation,” Atiku said.
He continued: “Capital has taken flight along with policy inconsistency that continues to cause an impediment to economic growth. The failure of the APC led government is staring every Nigerian in the face.
“We will review the public procurement processes to guarantee value for money.
“Our government will address the infrastructure financing shortfall and accelerate infrastructure development in the country.
“We will build a strong partnership with the private sector to create jobs, grow our infrastructure and fight poverty.
“We will support the private sector to drive growth. We’ve done it before, and you know we can do it again.
“No one should minimize the enormity of the task ahead. I am well aware of the challenges Nigeria is facing. I will come prepared and experienced”.