PDP Hopeful Of Victory In Presidential Election
In a statement, the spokesman for the party, Olisa Metuh, said the support that the Party’s presidential candidate and the incumbent president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, had received in the last two weeks of intense campaign for Nigerians support showed that the party would come out victorious in the February 14 election.
Mr Metuh’s statement is coming as the party concludes it presidential campaign in states in the South West and South East geo-political zones and heads to the north.
“As we move along, one thing is clear, Nigerians from all walks of life identify with President Jonathan as a leader with very strong bond with the people and their well-being, irrespective of religious, ethnic and political affiliations.
“Our outing in the South West and South East shows clearly that the people of Nigeria are still with PDP and their admiration for our flag-bearer remains unprecedented. We are hoping for even more of that in the north.
“Our campaigns have been greeted by the turnout of millions of Nigerians who are eager to return our dear President to power come February 14.
“I can assure you that with the support of Nigerians, we will not only win convincingly in the entire five states of the South East but also deal the APC a crushing defeat in South West states including Lagos state where the popularity and acceptability of our Presidential and governorship candidates have earned us tremendous support at the grassroots,” the PDP spokesman said.
The PDP is looking to take the presidential campaign to the north and Mr Metuh said the party would leverage on the goodwill it had enjoyed from citizens in the north, emphasising that the north remains a stronghold of the PDP where in the last 16 years, it had enjoyed massive support and had continued to win majority votes as a result of the PDP-led administration’s unprecedented performance in all sectors.
“Our strength lies in the fact that out of the 19 states of the north, the PDP controls 12 with solid structures, oiled over the years in all the wards and local government areas. The capacity of our winning machine is buoyed by the various tangible development projects that have hugely affected the lives of ordinary Nigerians in the north, a factor that has put us in vantage position to win back our original states of Sokoto, Kano, Nasarawa and Kwara as well as win in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara States,” the statement read.
Mr Metuh listed the inputs that President Jonathan’s administration had made in the in the north in the last few years, stressing that they were signs of the President records that the president had set.
“As we go to the north, we are not just asking for votes, we are coming loaded with verifiable achievements. For instance, in education, the once abandoned Almajiri boys can now go to school as President Jonathan initiated and established the Almajiri System of Education, the first of its kind, with over 150 special schools already built across the Northern states while others are nearing completion.
“Also, out of the 14 new universities established by President Jonathan, 9 are located in the northern states thereby ensuring that all states of the region have a federal university. This is in addition to establishment of new secondary schools and training of teachers for better quality education in the north.
“Recognising that agriculture is the mainstay of the northern economy, President Jonathan ensured that out of the 2.7 million direct farm jobs achieved by this administration, over 2 million are in the north. He also established the e-wallet system, which eliminated the corruption in the distribution of fertilizer and other farm inputs thereby making the products directly accessible to millions of farmers in the region and this has boosted their productivity. Today, our silos are brimming and food pyramids are returning in the north.
“In the last four years, President Jonathan has committed enormous resources in tackling desertification in the region. This administration established more than 80 km of 15– row Green Belt in addition to the Presidential Initiative on Afforestation in Kano and 10 other Northern States.
“Furthermore, the revitalization of the railways by the Jonathan administration has connected major cities in the north to the extent that very soon it will become easy for Nigerians to live in states in the north and still work in Abuja as the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail is expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2015,” Mr Metuh said.
The party further expressed its appreciation to Nigerians for their support, goodwill and prayers for its presidential candidate.