Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, suffered a gaffe while speaking at the party’s campaign rally in Plateau state.
The rally was held at the Rwang Pam township stadium in Jos, the Plateau capital.
Atiku, while concluding his speech in Hausa, said: “For God’s sake and for the value of this place, ensure that you vote for A… I mean PDP this time around”.
The PDP candidate also promised his supporters in Plateau that if the party is elected in the 2023 elections, peace will return to the state.
“Yesterday, when we finished with Nasarawa successfully, I was told ‘let’s go back to Abuja’, and I said I won’t go back to Abuja because here is also my home and I have a house here. We came and slept in it,” he said.
“What I want you to understand is that we’ve made a promise that if you vote for PDP, which I’m sure you would, we promise to bring back peace in Plateau.
“We will bring development in Plateau, especially for the youths who are the ones I’m seeing here mostly. All of you, men and women, we will ensure that we boost the economy of Plateau state so that jobs and business opportunities will be provided.
“This is a promise we have made to you. Also, most of your roads, we are aware of their bad condition because the government of the APC hasn’t done anything about it for the past eight years. We promise to fix the roads.
“Therefore, people of Plateau, this place has its history. In this place, we voted MKO Abiola; in this place, we voted Olusegun Obasanjo; we voted for different presidents in this place.”
Abubakar, who had earlier defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), had rejoined the PDP in December 2017.
Meanwhile, the PDP presidential candidate’s gaffe comes weeks after a similar incident involving Bola Tinubu of the APC, which also occurred at the same stadium.
While addressing supporters at the Plateau rally, Tinubu, APC presidential candidate, had said “God bless PD… APC”.
Interestingly, Tinubu’s gaffe also occurred on a Tuesday.