The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday urged the people of Jigawa State not to give the Peoples Democratic Party an opportunity to return to power.
He also urged them to keep faith with the All Progressives Congress-led government for service delivery.
The former Lagos State governor stated this when he addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters at the APC’s presidential campaign rally held at the Mallam Aminu Kano Triangle, Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State.
Tinubu told the crowd that having voted out the ‘jackals and hyenas’ in the PDP in 2015, it would be unthinkable to allow the party a route back to power (at the federal level).
A statement issued by the Tinubu Media Office and signed by Tunde Rahman quoted the APC standard-bearer as saying, “You did the courageous job of chasing away the locusts eight years ago. Do not trust their deceptive promises. Do not let them back into power. Like locusts, they will devour everything in their path.
“Instead, vote for the people that have a track record of delivering prosperity to the people. We did it in Lagos and Borno states, and with your help, we will do it again for Nigeria. Vote for the people with the vision, capacity, competence and integrity to do what is right.”
On his plans for the north-west state, Tinubu said, “The vast arable land in Jigawa will be activated to make this state a place to reckon with in agro-business and agro-allied industries.
“We will build upon the gains already recorded in agriculture in this state. We will invest in the expansion of irrigation and water management systems to increase productivity and reduce the impact of extreme weather, drought and flood cycles on crop yields.
“Our initiatives will ensure Jigawa farmers can cultivate their lands all year round.
“If you elect me, I will consolidate on the ongoing infrastructural revolution by networking our entire country with good roads that would spur development. We will use the road network to connect our major agricultural and industrial hubs.”
He also promised to tackle insecurity if elected, saying, “Most importantly, we will secure our nation and defeat the evil criminals, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists. We will sweep them away.
“We will do so by recruiting and deploying more security personnel across the various agencies, improving their equipment and training, and deploying top-shelf technology to improve ground and aerial surveillance in key and dangerous areas.”
Also present at the rally were the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; APC’s Vice Presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima; and the Director-General of the presidential campaign and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong; among others.