Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, on Monday 13th February, 2023 inaugurated the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) Campaign Council.
The council is comprised of individuals with disabilities and will serve to advocate for and address the needs of PWDs in Nigeria.
In his remarks at the inauguration, Atiku Abubakar gave special recognition to PWDs and expressed the PDP’s commitment to addressing their needs. He acknowledged the struggles that PWDs face on a daily basis and stated that the PDP understands the pain and value of PWDs
In society. H.E Atiku Abubakar emphasized that his party would prioritize the inclusion of PWDs in all aspects of governance, recognizing their unique abilities and contributions.
The Persons With Disabilities campaign council will work towards promoting equal opportunities and access to education, healthcare, employment, and other essential services for PWDs. The council will also advocate for the implementation and enforcement of policies and laws that protect the rights of PWDs.
Inaugurating the PWD campaign council, the national chairman of the PDP, Iyiocha Ayu, said the party is inaugurating the council simply because the PDP understands the importance of PWDs in nation’s building and development .
He said: “I am happy that it is our party that is giving these special people this opportunity and if you look at our party, you will find persons with disability in top positions.
“We have a senator who is a PWD, we have a NWC member who is a PWD, we have a state assembly member as well, and our governorship candidate in Niger, who by God’s grace will win the gubernatorial election. So I want you to take this opportunity seriously and ensure our victory.
On his part, the grand patron of the PWD council, Hon Isa Liman Kantigi, noted that Nigerians have no alternative than to go with PDP if they don’t want the country auctioned.
He said: “It is on record that PWD don’t leave polling unit until they vote, and their votes count, therefore, I want to urge you all to ensure you participate fully in all campaign and mobilization program to ensure our candidate wins the 2023 presidential election.”
In his remarks, the DG of the PDP PCC, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, who was represented by the DDG of the council, Senator Liyel Imoke, noted that the PDP recovery agenda is an all inclusive agenda.
He also proposed that the D in PWD be changed to “determination.”
Ephraim Balarabe, a member of the PWD campaign council, said in his goodwill message that this is the first time persons with disabilities are being recognised in Nigeria, adding that it has shown that the “unifier” tag of Atiku Abubakar is not mere words.
The inauguration of the Persons With Disabilities campaign council is a step in the right direction towards creating a more inclusive society in Nigeria. It shows that the PDP recognizes the importance of the contributions of PWDs and is committed to creating a Nigeria that works for all its citizens, regardless of their abilities