Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has disclosed that he has a clear plan to counter activities of marauding bandits in Katsina State and other parts of the country if elected president of Nigeria.
The presidential aspirant has also promised that he would produce real and rapid improvements in the lives of Nigerians, particularly by aggressively resolving insecurity and creating a conducive environment for economic activities to thrive.
Governor Wike gave a hint of his clear blueprint to tackle insecurity while addressing Katsina State PDP leaders and delegates at the party’s secretariat in Katsina, the State capital on Saturday.
The Rivers State governor regretted that President Muhammadu Buhari, who hails from Katsina State has failed to stem the activities of marauding bandits responsible for the wanton destruction of lives and property in the State.
The governor assured the delegates that if elected as president in the 2023 presidential election, he will expeditiously resolve the nagging issue of insecurity and implement economic programs that will enhance the quality of life of Nigerians.
“You require somebody who will give you security in Katsina State. You require somebody who will bring projects to Katsina State. You require somebody who will appreciate the people of Katsina State.”
Governor Wike reiterated that the PDP requires a presidential candidate who is courageous, firm, and with the capacity to defeat the failed All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the 2023 general election.
“APC will not give you power. We will take this power back from APC and give it back to PDP on behalf of Nigeria. I am that person who can withstand APC and win them. I am not going to run for election to bear a former presidential candidate. I came out because I know I would win the election.”
Governor Wike urged the delegates not to vote for any aspirant based on ethno-religious sentiment. He asserted that they will be making informed choices by voting for him based on his track record and commitment to the PDP.
The governor, who described himself as the most prepared aspirant, however, maintained that if someone else emerges as the PDP’s presidential candidate, he will support the person to defeat the APC.
“If I don’t get the ticket, I will still work for anybody who emerges as the candidate of the party, because what we are talking about is how PDP will take back power, how we can solve the problem of insecurity, how we can solve the problem of hunger.
“You cannot go to the farm again, your wives cannot go to the farm. When they go to the farm they will be kidnapped, they will be raped. Can we continue to live in fear? Can we continue to leave this country with these people that have failed us?”
In his remarks, former Katsina State Governor, His Excellency Ibrahim Shehu Shema, said Governor Wike has demonstrated in course of his nationwide campaign that he can lead Nigeria and resolve the issues of insecurity, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and unemployment.
“Anybody who is not willing to take up this challenge and look at the populace and address what their genuine concerns are will only be interested in power for himself.
“I am glad your Excellency, we share the same vision. We are thinking in the same direction and we hope Nigeria after 2023 will be a better, more prosperous, more focused, and more and more leader of Africa and the black world.”
Katsina State PDP chairman, Salius Yusuf Majigiri, said the party faithful are excited to receive Governor Wike and his campaign team and do identify with his aspiration to become the president of Nigeria.