By Peter Uwumarogie
Barely six days after visiting Gombe State, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, has again visited the state to canvass more votes from the electorates.
Obi, while addressing supporters at the Olusegun Obasanjo stadium in Kaltungo community of Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State on Tuesday, said he would revamp the agriculture sector.
He said revamping the sector was part of his plans in the New Nigeria he hopes to build if elected president at the polls.
He pledged to reverse the situation that had resulted to poverty and hunger amongst citizens of the country in the last 20 years.
Obi said, if elected, his administration will ensure that “farmers will go back to farm, they will not farm with olden (days) implement; we will bring modern farming here.
“Datti and I are committed to a new Nigeria.
“In the last 20 years, Nigeria can only produce poverty, hunger, insecurity and unemployment. Believe in the two of us, we came here because we believe in you,” he said.
The LP presidential flag bearer also promised to create job opportunities for youths and graduates across the country, adding that such would only be achieved if the youths vote for him in 2023 elections.
“We will ensure that your children are in school, and when they finish school they get jobs.
“We will ensure we develop this place. Please support us let’s have a new Nigeria, that is our commitment.”
Earlier, the Mai Kaltungo, Alhaji Saleh Muhammad, received Obi and his vice presidential candidate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, in his palace on a courtesy visit.
The traditional ruler decried the non-existence of mechanised agriculture which, he said, could be likened to the reason youths have opted for drug abuse in his community.
Muhammad said his domain being an agrarian community has the potentials for agriculture, but “our major problem is lack of mechanised farming because the youths of nowadays are solely dependent on drugs. Unlike the old system of farming where men don’t depend on drugs.”
On Obi’s visit as presidential candidate, Muhammad said, “The people are excited seeing the presidential candidate and his entourage coming to physically tell them what he wants to do for them if elected.
“This is the first time a presidential candidate is visiting this palace since this electioneering period and for our people our yes is our yes and our no is our no. They have heard you and they will decide,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obi had visited Gombe State on Wednesday to inaugurate his presidential campaign in the state and the ceremony was held at the Pantami Township stadium, Gombe. (NAN)