Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday recounted his experience of seeing the supporters of the party’s presidential candidate even in the hometown of Presiudent Muhmmadu Buhari.
According to TheCable, Secondus said he saw some supporters of Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, during a trip to Daura, hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina state.
The PDP chairman spoke during the party’s presidential rally that held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, on Monday. He said the PDP candidate has been able to win over people not just in Katsina but across the north-west region.
“We were in Daura, the presidents hometown… the governor of Sokoto state here can confirm to you that the north west is now fully articulated,” he said.
Secondus said by voting for Atiku, Nigerians will be assured of having a commander in chief who will not be under the control of a cabal.
He also warned against “moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig election,” adding that the support PDP got during its presidential rally in Kano was a testament that “Buhari’s claimed strong hold the North West has fallen”.
The PDP national chairman said Atiku’s experience of the private and public sector will help him “guide Nigeria through the path of progress and harmonious living”.
Speaking at the rally, Atiku told his supporters of plans to reactivate the Onne Seaport and finish the east-west road, if voted into power . He said as the “author of restructuring, a vote for him and PDP will guarantee a restructured Nigeria which he believes will ensure progress, development and friendly living” among Nigerians.
Also in attendance were ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Patience, his wife, who urged the electorate to vote for Atiku as he would “restore unity among Nigerians” unlike the “APC administration that has set the country backwards”.
The PDP presidential campaign trail is expected in the nation’s commercial capital city of Lagos on Tuesday.
In another development, Yaro Makama, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna state, was arrested. This comesA a day after Ben Bako, director of publicity of the PDP campaign in Kaduna, was arrested and flown to Abuja.
Bako was arrested for making inciting comments in a video clip recorded during the PDP campaign rally in Kafanchan, Jama’a local government area of the state last week.
Commenting on the latest arrest, Danjuma Sarki, deputy director-general of the campaign organisation, said it is part of the grand design by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to clampdown on PDP members before the elections.
“This morning, Makama was invited by the state police command. He honoured the police invitation as a law abiding citizen,” he said. They accused him of hate speech and he was asked to write a statement. We thought that after writing the statement, they will let him go, but surprisingly he was taken to Abuja after writing his statement. Yesterday (Sunday), when we addressed a press conference, we said there were plans by the state government to frame and arrest 150 prominent PDP members before the elections.
“This is a clear indication that they have started executing the plan.”
Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna police command, did not respond to calls and a text message sent.
Meanwhile the Kaduna State Peace Commission has expressed concern over reports of hate speech by politicians in the state.
In a statement on Monday, Priscilla Ankut, executive vice chairperson of the commission, said “the commission notes with grave concern, reports of hate speeches in the form of statements by politicians and candidates with potentials of being interpreted as calls for violent actions”.
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