Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has promised to site a refinery in Akwa Ibom State, if he is elected president.
He added that his commitment to restructuring the country would bring enormous benefits to the state.
Atiku made the promise yesterday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo during the PDP presidential campaign rally.
He was accompanied by his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, and other top party chieftains, including former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Liyel Imoke, the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, among others.
Atiku noted that landmark development projects in the state were achieved under successive PDP administrations and so he urged the people to support the party to return to power at the centre and all levels of governance in the state.
He said: “I have been coming to this state since 1998. Every development you are seeing here is the work of PDP – the schools, the hospitals, the roads, the factories and many others.
“Believe me, you will progress more if you continue to be PDP. Therefore, I admonish you to continue to remain PDP.”
The candidate pleaded with the people of the state not to allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) steal their votes as doing so would amount to destroying the future of the state.
“They stole your economy; don’t allow them steal your votes,” he added.
Governor Udom Emmanuel said an Atiku presidency would restore the economy, provide jobs for the unemployed and protect the country’s future.
According to the governor, Akwa Ibom was and will remain a PDP state, even as he boasted that the party would win all elective positions.
Secondus slammed the APC-led Federal Government for destroying democracy through its constant breaches of the constitution and conflicts with other arms of government.
Secondus urged Akwa Ibom to reject the APC, noting that a vote for the PDP would liberate them and all Nigerians from tyranny, poverty and insecurity.