The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has said many Nigerians had become poorer and miserable than they were before President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over in May, 2015.
The former Vice President said at the Nigeria Economic Summit Group Presidential Dialogue on the Economy, at the Summit House, Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday, January 16, 2023.
While lamenting about the state of the nation ahead of the February general elections, Atiku enjoined Nigerians to join him in kicking the party out in the 2023 general elections.
He said between 2015 and 2020, the number of Nigerians who were gainfully employed dropped by 54 percent from 68 million to 31 million.
“Under the current administration our people are not working. More than 23 million people are out of jobs. In just 5 years between 2015 and 2020, the number of fully employed people dropped by 54%, from 68 million to 31 million people. This is frightening in a country of 200 million people.
“And the majority of the unemployed are young men and women, who lack not only the means to survive but any hope for the future. The number of unemployed youths increased by nine million from four million in 2015 to 13 million in 2020.
“High youth unemployment and limited employment opportunities pose serious economic and security challenges. It is, therefore, an urgent matter to ensure that there are enough jobs for Nigeria’s youth. More Nigerians are poorer and more miserable today than in 2015.
“Basic commodities are now beyond the reach of the average Nigerian. The price of a loaf of bread has risen by more than 100% since 2020. Farmers now pay more than 200% more for a bag of fertilizer – if they see it – than they did in 2020.”
In a related development, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has disclosed those the State would not vote for in the 2023 elections.
Wike said the people of Rivers would not vote for candidates that hate the State.
Speaking at the local government campaign flag-off rally of the State’s PDP in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) on Monday, he said the 2023 election was a fight to finish.
According to Wike: “That is how you know those who hate Rivers State, that is how you know those who love us. If you hate Rivers State, we will not give you our vote.
“We will only give our vote to those who love Rivers State. You have to listen to your leaders through the DG (director general) of the campaign.
“They will come back to you, sit you down and tell you where we are heading to. It is a fight to finish. Do not be afraid. We are going to win at the end of the day. You know that we have always won. We will continue to win.”