January 20, (THEWILL) – Against all odds, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in Ekiti State trooper in droves to The Pavilion, the venue of their campaign rally today, Tuesday 17th of January, 2023. Demonstrating the resilience and determination for which Ekiti indigenes are renowned, many people walked from their villages to the venue despite threats and transportation bans.
Several speakers, including the Acting Chairman of PDP, Ekiti State, Makanju Ogundile and the Ekiti youth leader, Prince Muhammad Kadade Suleiman, confirmed that Ekiti is primarily a PDP state and urged the youth to get their PVCs to vote out their oppressors. Lamenting that the road linking Akure to Ikere, which should ordinarily take only 35 mins instead of one and a half hours, has been sorely neglected, they reiterated assurances that such torment will become a thing of the past once HE Atiku Abubakar is elected. The Ekiti Woman Leader, Hon Sade Akinrinmola added that women will not be left behind and will form 40% of the new government if the candidate is elected.
The Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Hon Tambuwal, during the rally, stated that Ekiti people are educationally endowed, know their rights and are exercising their rights by turning out in large numbers even in the face of frustrating attempts to thwart their efforts. He assured them that the Copyrights Commission will be strengthened to protect the intellectual work and prowess of the Ekiti people. In addition, ‘the incoming Government is already in possession of a manual outlining the steps which will need to be taken to repair the extractive industry in Ekiti state,’ he said.
Also speaking at the rally, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state, HE, Emmanuel Udom, promised that the incoming government will rebuild the road between Akure and Ado Ekiti and will turn the existing runway in Akure into an airport. His Excellency, Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State and Vice-Presidential candidate urged the people to bring back the government that cares for them and that will eradicate the insecurity, disunity, unemployment and general hunger that people are currently facing. ‘Go and campaign without fear and on the day of election, defend your votes,’ he said.
Rounding off the event, the Presidential candidate, HE Atiku Abubakar expressed his gratitude to the Ekiti supporters. He said he was moved to tears of joy at the amazing dedication and commitment demonstrated by the Ekiti people. Thanking them for their tremendous support, he confirmed his commitment to create jobs for the youth and provide infrastructure within the state.