By Lawrence Olaoye
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday assured supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-south region of the country that the party would win in all the states of the zone in the 2015 general elections.
Jonathan made the declaration at the Unity Rally of the party in the zone held in Benin, Edo state capital.
The President, in his address, said the zone used to be for the ruling party until recently when it lost Edo and Rivers states to the opposition.
He said “In the South-south at the beginning of this democracy in 1999, we know the whole region was PDP, but today two states are out. But from 2015 to 2016, we will get all our states back.
Edo state has returned to the PDP. In Rivers state, the opposition exists only on billboards, the state belongs to the PDP. So, allow their billboards to stay. We know the party that is controlling Rivers state. All what we need is unity.”
Jonathan also cautioned the party members who are interested in contesting for one position or the other to be cautious and exercise restraints in their activities so as not to injure the unity of the party in the course of pursuing their personal ambitions.
He said “We are here for unity rally in Edo state; we are not here for campaigns. We would come back for campaigns. We are here for unity rally because we must bring all our members together, especially now that elections are coming. Elections are coming, we have different interests.
So, we use this platform to appeal to our people at every level of election that so many people would be interested in these positions, but only one person would go at a time. But, we belong to the same party. So, when we are struggling to get to these positions, we should be careful so that we don’t create enemies for ourselves,” the President cautioned.
Jonathan also told the party supporters projects executed by his administration including the rehabilitation and construction of roads with the commissioning of Benin-Ofosu road in the state.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, in his remarks, challenged the opposition to bring out their best candidates to slug it out with Jonathan at the 2015 Presidential election since the party had decided to hand its ticket to the President.
“Recently, all strata of our party decided to endorse our President as the candidate of our party. What is intriguing to me is that the opposition of our government was proving they know our constitution more than us. I advise them to shut up and mind their business.
Let’s see how they go about their own. For us, we have decided. It is up to you (opposition) to bring up your best to come into competition with ours. I want to assure you that the PDP is the party to beat,” Mu’azu boasted.