The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP last Saturday formally handed over the party flag to its gubernatorial candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore. The flame and flavour of hope was overwhelming at the rally
IT was a sort of homecoming for President Goodluck Jonathan to Osun State last Saturday. Not too far away from Osogbo, the state capital in Iresi in Boluwaduro Local government area, was home to the young Jonathan many years ago when he partook in the compulsory National Youth Service Corps scheme. But this time around, Dr. Jonathan was in for a purely political event, to fan the momentum for his own political ambition to stretch his hold on the Nigerian presidency in 2015.
As early as 8am, members and supporters of the PDP from across the 30 local government areas in Osun State, began trooping into the 20,000 capacity stadium in Osogbo, the state capital.
The little rain shower did not deter them from witnessing the official hand over of the PDP flag to the Osun State governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
Security in and around the stadium was tightened to forestall any form of violence at the rally.
Fierce looking security operatives, were on ground to frisk all who converged at the stadium.
Aside this, as side attractions, two Fuji music maestros, Abbas Obesere and Taiye Currency were on hand to thrill the audience.
Saturday’s rally also coincided with the 60th birthday anniversary of Vice President Namadi Sambo, who has turned out to be one of the leading combatants in the PDP against the APC. Fittingly, a birthday song was rendered in honour of the number two citizen by party supporters at the stadium.
Top PDP leaders took turns to give their goodwill messages. Among them were the PDP National Woman leader, Dr. Kema Chikwe, PDP national youth leader, Mr Abdullahi Maibasira.
Former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, in his remarks said the election of Omisore would help to stop what he described as the defilement of the state treasury.
Speaking in Yoruba, he said “all the money being carted away to Lagos must come to an end. Enough is enough because our eyes are open.”
Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Akwa Ibom governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio on his part said “we are here to commend the people of Osun State for returning to mainstream politics. I know that the people of Osun State are ready to experience uncommon transformation.”
Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was also on ground to encourage the people of Osun State to cast their votes for the PDP candidate.
We’ll get back our mandate—Adamu Mu’azu
Presenting the party flag to Omisore, the PDP chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu expressed optimism that the PDP will coast home to victory come August 9.
He was categorical that “that PDP is Osun and Osun people are PDP..”
Speaking further, the PDP chairman said “You have been patient, you have been waiting for the great day, come August 9, the Almighty God will use you to bring back our mandate under the able leadership of our flag bearer and candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.”
We’ll deal with thugs, miscreants—Jonathan
President Goodluc Jonathan, who arrived late for the occasion first apologized for his late arrival saying he first had to pay courtesies on some prominent traditional rulers in the state including the Ooni of Ife, Ataoja of Osogbo among others.
He subsequently threatened that miscreants and thugs who attempt to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the election would be dealt with by security operatives.
He also appealed to the people of Osun state to vote for the PDP and its standard bearer, Senator Iyiola Omisore, promising to bring more developmental projects to the state.
He urged the people to deliver Osun State as a birthday gift for him.
Speaking further, President Jonathan said “we don’t want to bore you about the Federal Government projects that we are doing in this state and across the south west. We are coming back to give you our report card so that we don’t keep you waiting. The people of this state have spoken that they love PDP and that they want PDP.”
Soliciting support for the party’s candidate, he said “Omisore is somebody well known to you, he is a grassroots man, he is not one of those who stay on the hilltop or in ivory towers to look down on other people as mere mortals and them as little gods. Omisore and the government at the centre, will work together to develop this state. We need somebody at the grassroots.”
We’ll vote Aregbesola out—Omisore
In his response, the candidate, Omisore said the people of Osun State are prepared to vote out the administration of Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
He said “on behalf of Osun State PDP and indeed the entire people of Osun state, I thank you most sincerely for this visit and the opportunity given to me to fly the party’s flag. I want to assure you by God’s grace, on August 9, we shall emerge victorious. To end Aregbesola’s regime in Osun State, what we are going to do is to use our voters’ card which is our power
President Goodluck Jonathan
Vice President Namadi Sambo
Emeka Ihedioha—Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives
Adamu Mu’azu—PDP National chairman
Tony Anenih—chairman, Board of Trustees
Godswill Akpabio—Akwa Ibom governor and chairman PDP Governors’’ Forum
Gabriel Suswam—Benue State governor
Ayodele Fayose—Governor-elect, Ekiti State
Mukhtar Yero—Kaduna State governor
Akinwumi Adesina—Minister for agriculture
Dimeji Bankole—former Speaker, House of Representatives
Adebayo Alao-Akala—former governor of Oyo State
Femi Fani-Kayode—Former Aviation minister
Erelu Olusola Obada—former Minister of State for Defence
Uche Secondus—deputy national chairman of PDP
Olisa Metuh—PDP National Publicity Secretary
Professor Wale Oladipo—PDP national secretary
Kemm Achikwe—PDP national women leader
Jubril Martins Kuye
Abiodun Olujimi—former deputy governor of Ekiti State
Mrs Bucknor Akerel—former deputy governor of Lagos state
Chief Bode George—BOT member
Prince Kashamu Buruji
Mr Jimi Agbaje—PDP governorship aspirant in Lagos state
Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo—former President of Nigeria
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola—former governor of Osun State