The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan has said he deserved re-election because it is only his administration that has programmes for a progressive future for Nigeria.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of Deltans and other Nigerians who turned out for the PDP Presidential rally in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday, the President stated that his administration believed in the unity of Nigeria and a country which will take its pride of place in the comity of nations.
According to him, his administration has empowered Nigerian youths and provided programmes that will position the youths and women for future challenges.
While noting that Delta State through his administration’s efforts is playing host to the first Maritime University in Africa, the President also, stated that the state was host to a 16 billion dollar gas city project which would generate employment opportunities for Delta youths and Nigerians.
“We want to make sure that our people go to school that is why we are building the Maritime University in the state, the first in Africa, we are also building the 16 billion dollars gas city in the state, the biggest oil and gas investment in Africa,” the President said, asserting, “the Maritime University will train our youths to take the rightful place in the Maritime Industry in the world while the Gas City project will provide employment for our teeming youths.”
He reiterated that the programmes were designed for Nigerian youths to be equipped for the future, disclosing that his administration has also, empowered those who are in the entertainment industry who were ignored before his administration came into office.
President Jonathan who used the occasion of the visit to the state to commission an ultra-modern Government House constructed by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration, praised the Governor for being peo
ple-oriented in his programmes and policies.
He urged Deltans and Nigerians in general to vote massively for the PDP in the elections, stating that there is no other political party that is thinking and working towards a more united and developed Nigeria than the PDP.
The Vice-President, Arch. Namadi Sambo at the rally said, re-electing President Goodluck Jonathan would be in tune with modern trend where leaders of countries are less than sixty years of age.
He stated that President Jonathan has to a large extent, addressed the issue of power and has revived the railway lines while the Chairman of the PDP, Dr Adamu Muazu thanked President for his commitment to the unity of Nigeria.
Also, Mrs Patience Jonathan urged the women in particular to vote for President Jonathan stating that the President has given the women voice in his administration and there is no other President who will empower women and youths more than President Jonathan.
Governor Uduaghan assured the President of the votes of all Deltans for the PDP noting that President Jonathan deserves re-election because of the success of his human capital development programmes which has seen Nigerian youths excelling in sports, entertainment, education, among other fields.
The Governor stated that Deltans were among the greatest beneficiaries of the Human Capital Development programmes of the President because “more than 80 per cent of those in the entertainment industry – actors, comedians, musicians, and those in sports are from Delta State that is why our girls won gold medals at the Commonwealth games.”
Others who spoke at the occasion include the PDP governorship candidate in Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Cross Rivers State, Senator Liyel Imoke, his Bayelsa State counterpart, Mr Seriake Dickson, former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, former Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmadu Ali, Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Steve Oru, urged Deltans in particular to vote for PDP.