The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, assured people of the South-South region that he would revolutionise the country, even in difficult times if elected the next President.
Tinubu spoke at a town hall meeting held at the Cultural Centre in Calabar, Cross River State capital.
At the event, the former Lagos State governor reconciled the state governor, Ben Ayade, and some of his estranged loyalists and party stalwarts, including Senator John Enoh and Ekpere Mary among others.
Tinubu urged Nigerians to focus on what the country can accomplish.
He said, “We can build in the middle of difficulty, the US was fighting the civil war and still building rail tracks. We should focus on the things that we can accomplish.
“We have a lot – there is the waterfront here, we have minerals here, we have arable land, we must conquer hunger, we cannot allow hunger conquer us.”
He added that for the nation to experience economic recovery, less focus should be placed on crude oil while harnessing other areas.
The APC candidate promised to work towards industrialisation while also focusing on the production of goods and services across the country.
He added, “My campaign is built on the firm conviction that our greatest good and best deeds still lie in front of us and not in our past. The industrialisation of our economy represents a vital step towards achieving the Nigeria of our dreams.
“From its very beginnings, our nation’s economy was established on an incomplete foundation. It was built to rely too heavily on oil exports. This means we have always experienced a large gap in the national economic structure.
“Greater industrialisation shall fill this gap through the production of more and better goods which improve our standard of living while creating better jobs, providing workers with a living wage and establishing businesses that will drive this economy for generations to come.”
In his address, Ayade said the focus of the next administration should be on the citizens and Gross Domestic Product as a measure of economic growth.
In a similar vein, the Director-General of APC Presidential Campaign Council, Governor Simon Lalong, assured the people that Tinubu can provide the leadership that will create prosperity for all Nigerians.