ALL Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday promised to revive the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, if elected.
He also promised to dredge River Niger to enable ships berth in its inland ports.
Tinubu also said his government will prioritise development of mineral resources in the Confluence State.
Hailing the Supreme Court ruling on the old and new Naira denominations, the eminent politician said those who sought to make a political capital out of the currency swap have been shamed.
Tinubu spoke at a rally attended by a party faithful and supporters in Lokoja, capital of Kogi State.
At the rally were APC Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kashim Shettima, APC Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Abubakar Kyari, Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger) and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).
The rally was also attended by APC National Women Leader, Dr. Betta Edu; Secretary of the Presidential Campaign Council, James Faleke; former Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar and Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Unveiling an industrialisation plan, he said: “Hope is here. Ajaokuta resuscitation will be done. Dredging of Niger River will be done. Agriculture will be the source of our prosperity. North Central has the potential for great mineral industrialisation, we will work on that.”
Tinubu felicitated with the people of Kogi State and other Nigerians over the Supreme Court judgment on the currency swap impasse, saying those who wanted to take advantage of the situation have failed.
He said members of the opposition were counting on the unintended suffering caused by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy to play to their advantage.
Tinubu lauded the crowd for turning up for the event in spite of the challenges, urging them to repeat the same on the day of election.
He said the opposition wanted to take advantage of the people’s hardship.
Tinubu stresssed: “They even rejoiced when you cannot sell your products. You will never see hardship in your lives. You will see prosperity, you will see progress.
“This your determination, I want you to multiply it. On the 25th of February, there will be vote for president, for senators and House of Representatives members, it is in your hands now. But we have come to remind you, whether by Keke NAPEP, or by bicycle or even with your legs, you should go here in the morning. Cast your vote, be vigilant. Do your part, play your own role.”
Tinubu assured the electorate of the best deal when they elect him as president, promising to execute projects that will foster development.
He said: “I know how to do it. I am smarter than their candidate. I am the front runner, the best candidate. I know the road. I am a man who knows how to develop wealth, a man who keeps promises.”
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello recalled that the state had a good showing for the APC during the 2019 poll, saying the performance will be surpassed at the general election.
The governor also chided members of the opposition parties who, he said, were counting on the “unbearable” situation to reap support at the polls.
Bello said: “We have seen clearly between light and darkness. Some few elements decided to make life unbearable so that our party will be affected.
“Our leader made his stance clear to the whole country. He showed that he is with the people. Some people decided to make a political capital out of it.”
He described the cashless policy as “a good policy which some people want to turn around to inflict hardship on our people”.
Governor Bello said with the Supreme Court order, “hope has been renewed. Go ahead and use your money, the old and the new Naira.”