Nigeria: I'll Restore LG Autonomy, End Hunger - Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar.
4 February 2019

The PDP presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, (Turakin Adamawa) has revealed his intention to restore local government autonomy by scrapping the joint account system and make sure that hunger ends in Nigeria if elected in 2019.

Atiku made the pledge before a large crowd of supporters during the Kebbi PDP presidential campaign rally yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, saying he will stop the current joint account system where the governors control local government money from the federation account.

"I will stop state governors from tampering with local government funds from the federation account. I will make sure that all local government areas in Nigeria get their money directly and not through the state governments," he said.

The PDP presidential fag-bearer told the mammoth crowd in Kebbi that he will make food easily available to Nigerians and end poverty if the party succeeded in coming back to power in 2019.

According to him, "If you vote PDP in 2019, I will end hunger, insecurity and provide decent jobs to our youths. I will empower our youths and women through skill acquisition and small businesses."

He urged Kebbi people to vote for the entire PDP candidates.

Earlier in his remarks, the PDP national chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, accused INEC of planning to rig the 2019 election with the ruling APC, even as he warned the INEC chairman to conduct free and fair election in 2019.

"I warn INEC chairman not to rig our election, APC has submitted list to them. We are also aware that some of the lecturers they will use are members of APC," he stated.

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