Ebonyi PDP Mobilizes Supporters For Jonathan
THE Abakaliki Township Stadium was Friday filled to the brim as men, women, youths and party chieftains in their thousands came out to give support to President Goodluck jonathan and all People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in next month’s general election.
The event stalled business activities in the state and also paralyzed vehicular and human movement as security operatives strove to ensure hitch-free rally. They barricaded all roads within the vicinity of the stadium.
However, a little drama took place during the rally as those inside the stadium booed Ebonyi State Governor Martin Elechi each time his name was mentioned and the pleas by the former governor of the state, Chief Sam Egwu to respect him fell on deaf ears as the booing continued.
In his speech, President Jonathan vowed to give more attention to the empowerment of women.
He also assured that he would concentrate on youth development, as this would have a multiplier effect in the areas of security and protection of the future of the country.
He promised to improve the standard of education, health care facilities and agriculture by improving the quality and quantity of rice production, which the state is known for.
His words: “In the past, votes might be have sold and bought, but that is not our interest. Women will be my next attention as already exemplified in the 35 percent affirmative action. I would have loved to see the first Nigeria’s first female President before I die”.
He noted that his administration has completed about five road projects, federal university and upgrading and taking over of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital.
The president commended the PDP faithful in the state for their support and and urged them to continue to support the PDP governorship flag bearer in the state, Engineer Dave Umahi as they supported Governor Elechi.
Speakers at the event, including the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Mu’Azu; Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius; National Coordinator of PDP National Campaign Council; and Chief Sam Egwu urged the people to vote for Jonathan and all PDP candidates in the elections.
They maintained that the mammoth crowd at the venue was a clear indication that the people really wanted to return the President even as he (Jonathan) believes that “his ambition does not worth the spilling of blood of any Nigerian”.