President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state, Bayelsa, was agog on Thursday as the presidential campaign train of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) moved to the state.
There was traffic gridlock along the ever-busy Mbiama Road in Yenagoa, as supporters of the opposition party surged towards the Samson Siasia Sport Complex, venue of the rally.
Security agents, including men of the Nigerian Police Force, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the State Security Service (SSS) had a hectic time controlling the crowd of party supporters and members who thronged the venue.
Although the rally was slated for Noon, it did not commence until about 3pm when the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, led the party’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, the Director General, APC Campaign Organisation and Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, among others, to arrive the venue.
It was, however, observed that Buhari’s vice presidential candidate, Yemi Osinbajo, was conspicuously absent at the rally.
Former governor of Bayelsa State and leader of APC in the state, Timipre Sylva, led party stalwarts to receive the presidential campaign team.
Addressing the party supporters, Buhari promised that his government, if he wins, would restore the country’s comatose economy and ensure adequate security, power, water, agriculture and anti-corruption policies.
He said Nigeria is blessed with enormous resources but “lack of competent leadership” had denied the citizens and the country the opportunity to grow and develop.
Buhari said the APC government would empower the youths and provide incentives for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to thrive.
According to him, the APC would “deal a big blow on corruption”, stressing that from the day when his government would be inaugurated, “all those who steal money will be made to return them.
“All those who have corruption cases in the courts, we will allow the cases to run their courses”, he said.
The APC presidential candidate, who apologised for lateness to the event, urged party members and supporters to ensure they have collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in order to vote PDP out of government.
He also advised them not to allow the PDP to rule a day more than February 14, as it would be the greatest mistake of their lives.
Source: Daily Independent