Nigerian forum: Politics - Jonathan, Buhari 2nd week tours: Their promises, the issues
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24 Jan 2015 22:35

A retrospective look at the campaign pledges of the two leading presidential candidates, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, and Gen Mohammadu Buhari ,rtd, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the past five days, showed a deluge of promises on how to move Nigeria forward. Unlike the pattern since the presidential campaigns commenced, the rhetorics were less confrontational and offensive from both parties this week
President Goodluck Jonathan (PDP Presidential Candidate)
SOKOTO: We will improve agriculture
“In the area of Agriculture, tell me of any government that has supported the North with several agricultural equipment and with billions in cash loans. If I don’t like the North, will they benefit up to 70percent of Agricultural reforms we are doing?’’“As President, my administration established 14 new Universities, four was built in the South while 10 was built in the North, yet they keep telling you I hate the North. If truly I hate the North and I do not want the children from the North to be like me, will I take such action”.
KEBBI: I’ll step up rice production
President Jonathan promised that the rice revolution in Kebbi State would be stepped up to stop importation in Nigeria.
“I want to plead with Nigerians not to mind all the criticisms against me and my administration to vote for us. Our achievements so far have been seen by Nigerians and the people of the north-west need to vote us back into power at the February 14 presidential elections. Part of our developmental plans for Kebbi is to step up the rice revolution in the state”.
ZAMFARA: We will build an airport
President Jonathan promised the people of Zamfara State a befitting airport if re-elected.
“We must fix Bakolori Dam and irrigation project for our farmers. We will work with you to explore the solid minerals in the state to create jobs for the young people.
We will also improve education and that is why we created a university in Zamfara State and we will make sure we step up on agriculture. That is why we also have a silo here; about 100,000 metric tonnes capacity. We will do everything to make sure we create jobs for you; to make sure that you are educated.”
KATSINA: We built a federal university
‘’My administration was able to provide Katsina State a Federal University when it became embarrassing that as the cradle of western education in the country, the state could not boast of a federal university.
‘’Katsina State had produced the first female pilot among those currently being trained under the Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF) and my administration has associated more with farmers more than any other in the country’s history.
“We have challenges like many other countries in the world but we are still managing because of our focus. We will get through our challenges because we are working hard and you know it.”
We have done well by building Almajiri’s schools, fighting desertification, youth unemployment among others in the state and the country in general.’’