The Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mani Ahmad, has advised the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country, to reject the candidates of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Muhammadu Bhari, and vote for his party if they want to change their current predicament.
According to him, the IDPs did not deserve the present condition of hopelessness in which they found themselves, stressing that this is the right time for them to take the right decision to change their condition for the better.
Speaking at the official flag-off of the ADC campaign for the 2015 elections at the IDPs Camp, in New Kuchingoro, Abuja, on Thursday, Ahmad noted that he kicked off his campaign with the IDPs, to share and identify with their plight, a clear demonstration of his commitment towards solving their problem if elected.
The presidential candidate, who recalled that the insurgency in the North-east part of the country had affected about three million people and that about 1.5 million persons are currently displaced, decried that the population of the IDPs presently in the country was more than the population of some African countries.
According to him, “Vote out the government and the opposition out of power, vote us in and we will change your situation. We can’t grow in a situation where people are living in such a pathetic situation.
“What made it more pathetic was that it is not supposed to be happening, but we don’t have the political will as we can provide you with good homes. A lot of Nigerians might be living in houses, but their conditions are not better than refugees in other countries. This is the right time to take the right step,” Ahmad stressed.
He explained that there was need to re-engineer the educational system, and to cut down on the corruption in the country, and put the money into the educational sector, even as he stressed further that government excesses must be reduced, lamenting that Nigeria spends one per cent as against 10 per cent of her GDP on education.