Atiku entices Abuja natives with juicy promises of appointments, others
The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, says he will give the people of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) all their entitlements without flinching, if voted into power in 2023.
Atiku made the promise at the party’s campaign rally in Abuja on Saturday during which he delivered his manifesto to the residents who turned out in large multitude for the event.
Addressing the crowd, Atiku said the PDP will do more than what its administration did in the past.
“We shall give you all your entitlements under the Constitution,” he said. “All the appointments that belongs to Abuja will be given to Abuja. We will review the Constitution to ensure that your aspirations are captured within, and in the process of restructuring the country, we will give you what you want,” he said.
Atiku’s promises come amid clamour for inclusion and better representation of Abuja indigenes in appointive and executive positions.
Many times, the FCT senator, Philip Aduda, had complained of little or no inclusion of the FCT indigenes in appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari and sent to the Senate for confirmation.
And each time the lawmaker complains, his observations are only noted and very little is done.
Mr Aduda and many other Abuja residents have argued that the FCT minister should be an indigene of Abuja. He had also moved for the nation’s capital to have a mayor who would act like the minister but his proposal was voted out during the constitutional amendment.