The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said his administration would set aside $10m to improve the ease of doing business in Abia State if elected president.

In order to improve the movement of goods and services throughout the state, he also pledged to restore the Aba-kot Epene road and the Eastern rail line.

During the PDP presidential campaign in the state on Saturday, Abubakar gave a speech in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.

He appealed for the support of the Abia people, saying that it would be in their best interests to support a party that might win the election.

”We are aware of all the suffering that Nigerians are going through because of the naira redesign and lack of petroleum products in the country and we sympathise with you all, he said.

“Our party is not playing ethnic or religious card; what we are playing is the Nigerian card. When the PDP was in power, we ensured that people from the South-East and other parts of Nigeria were given a sense of belonging and we will do it again.

“I have seen your request and they are all in line with our campaign manifesto. I want to appeal to the people to vote for us and we will meet all your requests.

“I approved the construction of the inland port in Abia State as vice president and I will ensure that it is completed when we take over power.”

The All Progressive Congress, which is now in power, has caused immeasurable misery in the nation, and Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman, urged the people of Abia to vote it out.

He urged the South-East people to back the party and claim their rightful place in Nigerian politics.

Alwell Okere, the state PDP chairman, told Abubakar that the votes cast for him by inhabitants of Abia were valid.

He bemoaned the state’s neglect of infrastructure development since the PDP’s defeat in the 2015 presidential election.

Chief Okey Ahiwe, a PDP candidate for governor in the state, predicted that political watchers would be surprised by the PDP’s vote total in Abia State.