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Atiku hosts Rivers PDP in Abuja, promises to complete Onne to Maiduguri rail line

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has promised to complete a rail line from Onne Port to join Port Harcourt – Maiduguri rail line, if elected president in Saturday’s election.

Atiku stated this at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja on Sunday during a meeting with some PDP leaders from Rivers State, the Nation newspaper reported.

The meeting came about a week after the former vice president cancelled his presidential campaign rally in Rivers state over “security concerns,” the newspaper reported.

The PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PDP PCC) last week announced it was putting off its presidential rally in Rivers State because of attacks on members of the council in the state and other supporters of the party’s presidential flag bearer.

Addressing leaders of the party from Rivers State on Sunday in what may be described as a rescheduled rally, Atiku promised to complete East West Road and revamp the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

“The completion of the East-West Road will be a cardinal priority commitment for our presidency. The international airport in Port Harcourt will receive increased attention and investment to become a truly regional hub.

“Amongst other dividends, the transportation infrastructure in Rivers State will receive priority attention. The existing seaports will be expanded to increase economic activities that will have a multiplier effect on the economy of Rivers State for the prosperity of our people.

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“The uncompleted rail line from Onne Port to join the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri rail line, which has been on the drawing board for decades, will be completed speedily, while the deep seaport in Bonny will receive immediate attention.

“The international airport in Port Harcourt will receive increased attention and investment to become a truly regional hub,” Atiku said.

Why Rivers Rally was shelved – Atiku

The former vice president in his official Facebook page said his campaign rally in Rivers State which he described as “Recovery rally” was shelved because his ambition is not worth the blood on anyone.

Atiku supporters including members of the campaign council in Rivers State have faced a series of attacks amidst the conflict between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the former vice president.

This newspaper reported how over 20 supporters of Atiku who were arrested allegedly on Mr Wike’s order, were arraigned before a Magistrate Court in the state. They were arrested by armed police officers who invaded their meeting venue.

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