Flooding: Atiku to tour impacted states on Tuesday
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar will commence a tour of states with high incidents of flooding across all geopolitical zones in the country on Tuesday, his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe has said.
Ibe stated that the former Vice President of Nigeria will visit Bayelsa State to kick-start the tour.
“The tours to states ravaged by flooding become incumbent in view of the trauma that the incidents have caused its victims.
“Consequently, the tours will provide the presidential candidate the opportunity to have an on-sight impact assessment of these flooding incidents and give him a veritable window to input those ecological concerns in his policy documents,” Ibe said in a statement on Saturday.
“Recall that the PDP presidential candidate had supported flood victims in Jigawa, Yobe and Kano long before now. He was also the first candidate to speak on the issue and had counselled that persons living around the most vulnerable areas be temporarily evacuated following the alert by the meteorological agency that a further 24 states faced the risk of major flooding.”
Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi on Thursday called on his counterparts in other parties to suspend campaigns and join him to provide succour for flood victims across the country. Obi has since visited Benue and Bayelsa flood victims.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), about 2.5 million persons have been displaced and over 603 persons killed by the flooding caused by torrential rainfall.
Places affected so far include Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Edo, Delta, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Abia States, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja