Atiku urges workers to reject Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday warned Nigerian workers against voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential poll.

The PDP presidential candidate, who met with President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, and other Labour leaders, stated this during a meeting with the leadership of the NLC at the International Convention Centre, in Abuja at the ongoing 12th National Convention.

A statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications Phrank Shaibu noted that Atiku, who wishes all the delegates a successful event, warned them against returning the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the statement Atiku said: “As we know all too well, since 2015, our workforce has shrunk by over 14 million.

“And this from a president who promised he would create 3 million jobs a year, which in four years should have reduced unemployment by 12 million.

“So, 14 million jobs lost and 12 million net new jobs not created, comes to a deficit of 26 million versus what he promised us in 2015.

“If job losses continue to grow for the next four years at the same rate as the last four, the number of Nigerians without a job will rocket to 55 million.

“That is almost two out of three of our people without a job, without a pay packet and without the means to feed their family.”

The candidate therefore said if Nigerian people decide to elect him as president, he would create jobs, grow the economy and get Nigeria working again.

“This is not some empty promises like Buhari has failed to deliver”, the spokesman said.

“Atiku gives his commitments based on his track record in government: When Atiku was vice president with responsibility for the economy, the number of Nigerians with a job went up.

“Atiku gives his commitments based on his track record in business: If Atiku can create 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirect jobs in his own businesses, imagine what a government led by him can do for the nation.

“Atiku gives his commitments based on the track record of his party: In the last three years of the PDP administration, Nigeria was the fastest growing economy in Africa.

“Since the APC came, they have shrunk our growth rate so that we now rank a lowly 42nd in the continent. Africa’s largest economic powerhouse has become a pygmy.

“What measly economic growth we do have is below our population growth, so each year under Buhari our people are getting poorer.”

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