By Olaolu Bilau
In continuation of his nationwide campaign to drum up support for his 2015 re-election bid, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his campaign team on Monday, stormed the ancient city of Ibadan.
The president, in company with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, Director-General of his campaign organisation, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, and other top PDP starlwats and party officials were at the ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan to address a mammoth crowd of party faithfuls and supporters.
Jonathan thanked the people of the state for voting for him in 2011, adding that he had not disappointed them with the mandate they gave him.
“I was here in 2011 to campaign in this great Mapo Hall, you voted for me and I became the president of this country. I am here again, asking you for your support and I am sure that talking to you in this great Mapo Hall today, you’ll surely support us,” the president said.
The PDP presidential flag bearer in the February 14 election added that, he was convinced he had not let the people of the region down, as his administration had done a number of projects in Oyo State and South-west in general.
He mentioned the power projects in various parts of the South-west as well as the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which is ongoing and the various agricultural schemes of his government to boost the production cocoa.
The President said his administration does not just promise, but delivers on its promises. He stated that his government was re-defining education by building more universities, and has been doing everything possible to create not less than 2million jobs every year to reduce the level of youth unemployment in the country.
He eulogized the great political leaders from the region and noted their contributions to national development, admitting ‘ the South-west believes in human right, equity and social justice’.
The president reassured Nigerians that his government would continue to fight corruption.
He said: “I promise you, if you vote me and I come back to serve this country for the next four years, the day I will leave, the next person that will come as president of this country, people will not talk about corruption”.
Speaker after speaker at the event enjoined the people to vote for the candidates of the PDP in the forthcoming election.
Other dignitaries at the event included Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, governorship candidate of the party in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat Adeola Akande among others.