The presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has pledged that if elected into office he will ensure the revival of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Kogi State, in addition to other critical projects.
Speaking at the APC campaign rally in Lokoja, Kogi State capital on Wednesday, Tinubu said his government would prioritise the development of mineral resources in the North Central state, in addition to dredging the River Niger which will allow ships to berth in inland ports.
“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 industrialization, we will work on that, ” he said.
Tinubu also felicitated with the people of Kogi 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.
The presidential candidate said members of the opposition were counting on the unintended suffering caused by the Central Bank of Nigeria policy to play to their advantage.
The Supreme Court had in a unanimous judgment on Wednesday halted the February 10 deadline for the validity of the old higher denomination naira notes, pending a hearing on the substantive suit filed by Kogi, Kaduna and Zamfara State governments.
Tinubu lauded the mammoth crowd for turning up for the event in spite of the challenges, asking them to repeat the same on the day of the election.
He said the opposition wanted to take advantage of the people’s hardship.
“They even rejoiced when you cannot sell your products,” he said.
“You will never see hardship in your lives. You will see prosperity, you will see progress,” the APC candidate said to a thunderous amen from the crowd.
Tinubu assured the electorate of the best deal when they elect him as president, promising to accomplish important projects that will foster development.
“I guarantee you 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.”
In his remarks, 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 this time around.