South-west farmers under the auspices of the Agbekoya Farmers’ Society have endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the February 16 presidential election.
Agbekoya disclosed this on Friday after a meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council (South), Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
The farmers had earlier distanced itself from the endorsement of Atiku by Afenifere.
On why they endorse Atiku and not Buhari, the group, in a statement sent to DAILY POST, said they expressed their interest in an Atiku presidency “as a result of his developmental policies especially the issue of restructuring which they said will allow every zone of the country to develop at its own pace”.
The statement read: “the hardship facing the farmers are enormous and these can only be surmounted if there is a responsive government who will be alive to the yearnings of the people especially the farmers whose contributions to a nation’s well being is not negotiable.
“The Buhari led administration has been the worst period for Farmers across the Southern and Middle Belt of Nigeria. Forget all they are saying about making gains with the Agricultural sector, the present administration supervised an assault on us with the Herdsmen attacks. While we were crying, the government looked the other way.
“We have read Atiku’s plan on tackling this disease and we are satisfied with it. We also read his plan on restructuring and once he implements that, the fortune of this country will skyrocket.”
In his response, Otunba Daniel thanked the group for the solidarity and endorsement of the PDP flagbearer in the presidential race.
Their choice of a candidate in Atiku, he said, was timely and of necessity because the Yoruba race must be repositioned to take its rightful place in the comity of states in the nation likewise other zones who will benefit from the restructuring agenda.
“The issue of clashes between Herdsmen and Farmers is one that should be of concern to a government that was elected to protect the people. Having tried a government for a period of four years without any meaningful change but rather, apathy and insecurity, it is high time we did the needful by electing a president who will change the fortunes of the people for the better and ensure equitable distribution of dividends of democracy among Nigerians. And that can only be the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar,” he said.
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