By Onome Oghenetega
A former Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has appealed to Nigerians to return the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to power in 2023 at the centre.
The former Kwara State governor said the country was currently in bad shape under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Saraki, who spoke while inaugurating DLA Road, adjoining streets, Government Primary School, Junior Staff Quarters in Asaba, Delta State, assured that PDP will rescue the country from its current quagmire of insecurity and disunity.
The former Senate President posited that with the alarming cases of insecurity and economic challenges, PDP remained the best party that can rescue Nigeria from her current challenges.
“It gives me great pleasure to be here and to be part of this inauguration. For four years in the Senate, we sat next to each other and I worked very closely with you when we passed the National Health Bill; I am very pleased with your performance here in Delta.
“It is on record that in our party, anytime we have difficult assignments we come to you because of your competence, integrity and commitment to duty.
“Our country is passing through some difficulties and I appeal to Nigerians to give PDP the chance again to lead Nigeria and you will see the difference.
“Your administration’s commitment to the growth and development of Asaba capital city is laudable and commendable,” Saraki said.
He added that the future of Nigeria would depend on infrastructure as being provided in Delta, and said “we are proud of what we as PDP government is doing here in Delta”.
Saraki, who is also a former governor of Kwara, appealed to teachers and pupils in the new school to maintain the facilities to ensure their sustainability.
In his remarks, Governor Okowa commended Saraki for his exemplary leadership in the PDP and the nation.
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He expressed delight to have achieved the completion of DLA Road and adjoining streets after unsuccessful attempts by previous administrations in the state.
The governor stated that his administration was constructing a gigantic secretariat in the state capital to accommodate all government ministries, departments and agencies.
“We are truly very happy that this road is being inaugurated by you; there has been previous attempts at constructing the road but it failed because of inadequate drainage facilities.
“Beyond the construction of the roads, we have done the major sewer leading to the Amilimocha River and we are glad that the road will be put to use at all times in the year.
“We are constructing a leisure park and a film village because Asaba is home to Nollywood and we will want to maintain our leadership in Nollywood,” he disclosed.
Okowa commended Asaba people for their cooperation, saying “I must publicly thank the people of Asaba for their cooperation and support for my administration.
“I want to promise that by the time we finish in the next two years, we will be glad that there was a government in the state.”