The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, have enjoined the people of the North-east region to defend their votes during the election and join the rest of the country in the mission to rescue the nation.
They also called on the party’s supporters in the region not to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), police and other security agents to deprive them of their votes.
Atiku and Secondus spoke yesterday at the party’s North-east zonal rally in Gombe, Gombe State as jubilant crowd drawn from the six states of the zone welcomed them.
The presidential candidate said the situation in the country since the All Progressives Congress (APC) came to power called for all hands to be on deck to rescue the country’s democracy.
He said PDP was sure of victory, adding, however, that this would depend largely on the people’s resilience in the face of the desperation by the APC to remain in power.
He assured the people that if elected, he would return the country to the path of wealth, security of lives and property and development.
Secondus charged the people to be ready to vote out the APC by coming out on the voting day.
“You must not only vote but must be ready to defend your vote, the APC is not preparing for election, they want to rig but you must be ready to resist their antics,” he told the mammoth crowd of supporters and party enthusiasts.
Secondus said APC has destroyed the country, adding that the PDP and Atiku are coming back to power to save the situation.
He said the economy of the country had been destroyed by the APC administration, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari only painted a gory picture of it recently.
He said Atiku is coming with all the prerequisite experience both in public and private sector to restore the country’s lost glory.
According to a statement from Secondus’ Media Office signed by Mr. Ike Abonyi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, also addressed the rally that was attended by top PDP stakeholders, including the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The national chairman performed the symbolic handing over of flags to the presidential candidate and the six gubernatorial candidates of the party in Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Borno, Yobe and Bauchi States that make up the geo political zone.
Other speakers at the rally, which recorded a large turn-out of PDP supporters, include a former national chairman of the party, Senator Ahmadu Ali, and former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who called on the PDP supporters to vote all its candidates.
The North-east Zonal coordinator of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation and Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, told the people of the North-east that the 2019 election would not be about victory for Atiku alone but for the entire region.
He thanked all those that contributed to the success of the rally, which was held despite the bad weather that affected flights’ landing at the Gombe International Airport.