Supporters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the February 25 election, march through the streets of Ibadan, Oyo
Supporters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 election, marched through the streets of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, on Wednesday.
Led by Jumoke Akinjidie, a former minister, supporters organized a “freedom walk for Atiku”.
Governor Seyi Makinde was among the grieving party leaders who withdrew from Atiku’s campaign and demanded the resignation of the party’s national president, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Since Atiku launched his campaign in September, no G-5 governor elected on the DPP platform has participated.
But on Wednesday, the National Mandate Group, Chapter Oyo, made up of party supporters, youth, women and campaigners from across the state, was seen marching through the city’s main streets with campaign banners for Atiku.
Along with Akinjide, Brother Wole Oyelese, former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alh. Azeem Gbolarumi, Former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer. Jide Adeniji, director of special services, PCC, engineer Femi Babalola (Jogor), PDP, were among the party leaders at the rally.
Speaking to reporters, Akinjide said Atiku is of Nigerian descent and is the one who will lead the country out of current socio-economic and political challenges.
“We will campaign for Atiku in Oyo on the basis of merit and on the basis of loyalty to our great party.
There is really no division in PDP. It’s a war for space. So I don’t think the public should worry because the day they make up on TV they’ll laugh and slap each other and call each other brothers and wonder why you wasted so much energy on that.
“Let us face what 200 million Nigerians care about, which is the five-point program to restore Nigeria as proposed by Atiku.
“Our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, promises to unite Nigeria, defend the country, build a prosperous economy, restructure and empower federal units, a system education that enables our people to compete on a national and global level for the benefit of the Nigerian people”.
Akinjide asked PDP members to ignore visitors to Oyo “to poison people’s minds against the party’s presidential candidate”.
“Tomorrow we will have a rally and the Governor’s Inauguration.
We all plan to be there too, but I want to say this:
if tomorrow some guests come to give a speech against PDP or Atiku, what are we going to do? tell us? Not with their antics! We are brave people and we have to show it tomorrow,” she said.
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