Amongst those who defected to the PDP from APC was Governor Yahaya Bello’s former deputy, Simon Achuba; former Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Alfa Imam; and former Chairman of the Okene Local Government Area, Yahaya Karaku.
The PDP announced during the rally that it received about 148,000 who left the APC and other parties.
“If elected, I will support the States to pay salaries,” he said in apparent mockery of the state governor, Yahaya Bello, who has been accused of owing over two years of salaries.
He promised to “set aside 10 billion dollars for job creation, and tackle incessant strikes in the nation’s Universities.”
While appreciating what he called the massive turnout, Atiku pointed out that, “This mammoth crowd is an indication of a people yearning for change – a positive change that will improve their quality and standard of living.”
He promised to, “harness the natural resources in the State for the benefits of the people. I will revamp the agriculture and tourism potentials that abound in the State.”