Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - After a week of campaigning in South West and South East geo-Political zones, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign team will today move to the northern geo-political zone.
This was disclosed at press conference in Abuja by the party National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.
“As our campaign train moves to the north, we leverage on the goodwill we enjoy from our citizens in that region. The north remains a stronghold of the PDP where in the last 16 years, we have enjoyed massive support and have continued to win majority votes as a result of our unprecedented performance in all sectors,” Metuh said.
He said the strength of the party lies in the fact that out of the 19 states of the north, the PDP controls 12 with solid structures, oiled over the years in all the wards and local government areas.
“The capacity of our winning machine is buoyed by the various tangible development projects that have hugely affected the lives of ordinary Nigerians in the north, a factor that has put us in vantage position to win back our original states of Sokoto, Kano, Nasarawa and Kwara as well as win in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara States.”
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He said the party was not just campaigning for votes but had verifiable achievements.
“For instance, in education, the once abandoned Almajiri boys can now go to school as President Jonathan initiated and established the Almajiri System of Education, the first of its kind, with over 150 special schools already built across the Northern states while others are nearing completion,” he said.
Metuh added that of the 14 new universities, established by President Jonathan, nine are located in the northern states thereby ensuring that all states of the region had a federal university.
“This is in addition to establishment of new secondary schools and training of teachers for better quality education in the north.”
He said Jonathan ensured that out of the 2,7 million direct farm jobs achieved by this administration, over 2 million were in the north.
“He also established the e-wallet system, which eliminated the corruption in the distribution of fertilizer and other farm inputs thereby making the products directly accessible to millions of farmers in the region and this has boosted their productivity. Today, our silos are brimming and food pyramids are returning in the north.”