Nigerian President and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan waves to supporters during a rally in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015. Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the epicen ~ TUNJI OMIRIN
Ibadan - Farmers in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State have pledged support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
They made the declaration in Iseyin on Tuesday at an interactive session with Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who was on a campaign tour of the area.
The spokesman of the farmers, Alhaji Hassan Tijani, said that Nigerians needed a leader who would uphold the unity of the country and see Nigeria as one entity irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation.
Tijani, who described Jonathan as a man of peace, said that the president had never incited Nigerians against themselves.
He said that all the farmers in Oke Ogun had vowed to give maximum support to the president’s re-election.
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Tijani commended the president for making fertiliser and other farm inputs available directly to farmers, noting that it had tremendously improved the output of farmers across the state.
He appealed to Nigerians to vote en-mass for the re-election of the president so as to uphold the unity of the country.
In her remarks, Akinjide said that Jonathan would continue to engage in activities capable of promoting the unity, stability and progress of the country.
She noted that the president was aware of the importance of agriculture in promoting economic development, saying he had recorded giant strides in the provision of creating an enabling environment for farmers.