By Ola Ajayi, Ibadan
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, said it had collected signatures of 1.8 million people from the South-west who wanted President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election come 2015 election.
The number, according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, was more than the names collected from the South-east.
He said this while collecting a booklet that contained the names of the people during the South-west rally organized by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN). which took place at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan, yesterday.
The rally was organised by several chieftains of the PDP from the South-west states, viz: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States.
In attendance at the event were the Chief of Staff to the President, Jones Arogbofa; Chief Bode George; Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Minister of State, FCT, Minister of Police affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs; Prince Buruji Kashamu, PDP South-west leader; Senator Iyiola Omisore; Otunba Adebayo-Alao-Akala, former Governor of Oyo State; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole; and Engr. Seyi Makinde, PDP governorship aspirant; Mr. Ganiyu Olaoluwa; Yinka Taiwo; Captain Kuji Sele; Ebenezer Alabi and Engr. Bayo Dayo, PDP state chairmen from Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Ondo and Ogun States respectively.
Arogbofa, while calling on people of the zone to join hands to give PDP resounding victory during the 2015 elections, said, “I want to call on my people to let’s work with unity of purpose and I can assure all of us that if we work together, the reward will be superlative. We worked for Mr. President in 2011 and we all can see that there’s no regret and this time around, we will not regret but have more and better reward”.
Oloye Akinjide, in her remark, said anybody saying anything contrary was only deceiving him.
According to her, the people of the zone would vote massively for President Jonathan come 2015 in order for the zone to have more dividends of democracy”.