* As three Governorship candidates in Lagos State defect to PDP
The coming elections is a defining moment for Nigeria, and Igbos should not to let the opportunity of relevance in the next government slip off their hands, wife of the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr (Mrs) Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar, has said
This is coming as three governorship candidates in the forthcoming elections in Lagos State defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The men – Honourable Solomon Orji of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Chief Abiola Adeyemi of the Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) and Mr. Ogebule Adegboyega of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – moved to the PDP alongside thousands of their supporters and groups.
Mrs. Abubakar received and assured them and their supporters of equal opportunities in the PDP.
Member of House of Representatives, Honourable Rita Orji, while presenting the defectors, said, PDP would clear all votes in Lagos State.
Orji who is currently representing Ifelodun/Ajeromi federal constituency said, “three governorship candidates of different parties are here to join a train that is moving well. They are here in solidarity, including their supporters and groups, to work for Atiku/Obi.”
The FJP candidate, Mr. Adegboyega, who spoke on behalf of other defectors said the candidature of Atiku Abubakar was the best for Nigerians especially at this time that Nigeria is battling with “a lot of challenges.”
He assured Mrs. Abubakar of adequate mobilisation for her husband’s victory, so as to end insecurity, hunger, poverty and boost the economy.
While interacting with traders at the Lagos markets in Boundary, Ajegunle; Trinity, Apapa; Car Dealers, Berger; building materials and Alaba Suru markets, Mrs Douglas-Abubakar told the them that the election of the Atiku-Obi ticket would usher in a business friendly environment which would resuscitate dying businesses.
According to her, the “Atiku/Obi Presidency has designed a favourable blueprint which covers security, restructuring and robust economy. When Atiku wins, you will have enabling environment for your businesses because of the friendly nature of his economic policy. You must vote for your own at the forthcoming elections come February 6. This is our chance. Don’t just vote, protect your vote. Atiku is detribalized and loves the Igbos, vote for him.”
Mrs. Abubakar who averred Igbos are predominant in Lagos tasked the traders to endeavor to pick up their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and also mobilise their people back home to vote for her husband.
The Igbo traders who came out in their large numbers, drummed up support for the Atiku/Obi ticket, stressing that with Atiku at the helm of affairs their businesses will experience a boost.
The wife of the PDP Presidential candidate was later received by the President of Ohaneze Nd’Igbo, Lagos State chapter, Chief Solomon Ogbonna and hundreds of his members in his office.
Others who were with her during the trip include Senator Chris Anyawu, PDP National Women leader, Hajia Hadizat Umoru and some serving and past members of the National Assembly.