Atiku and Agbaje, right
Presidential candidate of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to use the 2019 elections to reaffirm the unity, faith and progress of the country by voting for leadership that can make Nigeria work again.
He said in his new year message: “As 2018 comes to an end and 2019 beckons, on behalf of my family and I, let me wish you and your family a very happy New Year in advance.
In 2018, we became the world headquarters for extreme poverty, however, I am convinced that in 2019, if we chart a new course, we can become the world headquarters for hope and extreme devotion to the cause of lifting our people out of poverty.
2019 is as yet a blank page. As a nation, we must not settle for whatever it brings. Rather, we must take collective action, through our choices, in making it a year where we revive national hope, with visionary leadership that sees our economy and institutions working again as they did in our golden era.
We can chart a new course and open a new chapter that sees every Nigerian living in peace and prosperity with their neighbour. It can be the year when our youths finally get a job instead of being unfairly tagged as lazy. With purposeful leadership, it can also be the year when we put an end to terrorism and usher in a golden age of peace.
Don’t lose heart and hope. Nigeria is no stranger to overcoming difficulties. In fact, we have an uncanny ability to perform our best when the worst is upon us. I urge my fellow countrymen and women to remember how we became the first nation in the world to defeat and overcome the Wild Ebola Virus, when even First World nations were struggling with the scourge.
In a similar development, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the Lagos Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission with conducting polls that will make 2019 the year that Nigeria delivered polls that would win worldwide commendation as the freest and fairest ever.
Agbaje in his New Year message circulated Monday, wished that Nigerians would be proud to own the 2019 polls as the truest reflection of their will.
“We pray for peaceful polls in 2019, but peaceful elections can only happen when the majority believes that the conduct and results of the electoral process accurately reflect its collective will as expressed through the ballots,” he said, in the message signed and circulated by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina.
He asked Lagosians to keep hope alive that their bondage to 19 years of misgovernment would be terminated with the coming year.
“My message to Lagosians is that their freedom lies in their own hands,” he said. “We must celebrate 2019 as the year that Lagos broke loose from impunity, misgovernment and underdevelopment. And Lagosians must themselves make this happen, not only by voting, through protecting their votes from the cabal that believes that it has the electoral formula.”
For the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party wished Bayelsans the best in their “traditionally lofty endeavours” in 2019.
It also warned the residents to be wary of fake news, innuendos, and propaganda intentionally designed by “enemies of peace and democracy” to cause disaffection among the people for selfish political purposes.
Doife Buokoribo, Publicity Secretary, stated,
“As the 2019 general election draws closer, we urge Bayelsans to embrace the wind of change blowing across the country. It is in the best interest of our people to cast their votes for the party that has hope, the APC. We call on the people of Bayelsa State to vote the APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, and others carrying our party’s flag for the various elective offices in the 2019 general elections. We should use our votes this February and March to leave retrogression and change to the next level of progress with the rest of Nigeria.