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2023: I’ll Privatise Refineries, Atiku Vows
Published Dec 06, 2022 IN News, OIL AND GAS,
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  • Sets Up $10bn Fund For Youth Devt
  • Reaffirms Stand On Restructuring
  • Hits Back At Tinubu, Says FG Developed Lagos, Not You, APC

AHEAD of the 2023 general elec­tions, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candi­date, Atiku Abubakar has pledged to privatise the nation’s refineries for ef­ficiency if elected as President next year.

The PDP candidate who spoke on Monday during PDP’s presidential rally in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, said he will earmark $10 billion from the refinery sales to empower the small and medium-scale enterprises of young Nigerians.

He identified the four refineries to be sold as the Port Harcourt refinery, Warri refinery, and Kaduna refinery which have not been functioning for years now.

“I am going to set aside $10 billion so that we can empower our young men and women in small and medium enterprises,” he said.

“People are asking me where am I going to get $10 billion? If I privatise Port Harcourt refinery, Warri refinery, Kaduna refinery, I am going to get the money.”

While asking the mammoth Lagos residents to vote in the PDP government next year, the former Vice President pledged that his administration will re­structure Africa’s most populous nation.

In doing so, he promised to allocate more powers and resources to both state and local governments, asking the people to hold their leaders ac­countable.

The PDP candidate warned the people of Lagos against returning the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to power at both in the state and federal levels.

According to him, “a single family has ruled the state for 23 years,” although he did not specifically mention any name. “The Federal government built the third mainland bridge, Agege motor road, and other road infrastructures in the state, the APC govt is lying to you about developing Lagos.

“It is time for you to liberate yourself from a family govt in power for over 23 years, by voting Jandor as your governor.”

Also, Atiku Abubakar said that the Federal Government developed the nation’s economic nerve centre, Lagos.

The Adamawa-born politician also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) lied that its presidential candi­date, Bola Tinubu built Lagos after the nation’s return to democracy in 1999.

“Now, I want to tell you, this is a fact, you can go and check: the Federal Government built the Second Mainland Bridge, the Federal Government rebuilt the Old Carter Bridge, the Federal Government built the Third Mainland Bridge, rebuilt Agege Motor Road, re­built Ikorodu Road, all the major roads connecting Island and Mainland.”

He said the Alliance for Democracy (AD), the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the APC governments in Lagos since 1999 lied about develop­ing the state.

“The AD, ACN and APC governments have been telling you lies that they developed Lagos, they did not develop Lagos at all, na lie; they are lying to you,” he said.

Atiku urged Lagosians to free them­selves from the control of the Tinubu family by voting in the PDP governor­ship candidate in Lagos, Olajide Ade­diran better known as Jandor.

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