By Kodilinye Obiagwu
DESPITE waiting for over eight hours, throng of supporters still mounted a rousing reception for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
At the rally, Friday, a continuation of Atiku’s South East zonal campaign, the Director General of the Atiku/Obi Campaign Organization and President of Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki apologized “profusely for our late arrival; we were trying to do two states, Enugu and Ebonyi. But to see this kind of crowd at 6 pm is a surprise. I have never seen this kind of crowd anywhere else.”
With virtually every name in the politics of the state, Atiku was given an “in-laws” welcome. He noted that the delay was not not intentional and appreciated the crowd. He reminded the South East it has a life time opportunity with the present configuration. “You have the Vice President, and the wife of the President. Everything you have got has always come from the PDP,” he said
The acclaimed father of Enugu State and former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, in his remarks noted that, these are perilous times, he promised that PDP will vote for Atiku 100 per cent. “Thank you for picking our son Peter Obi and for being our in-law,” he said.
Nwobodo, who recently dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC), had made a grand entrance into the stadium accompanied by his supporters and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, in his major public appearance since his return to the PDP fold.
Ekweremadu saw the rally as an opportunity for the state to recommit to PDP. According to him, in the Fourth Republic, the PDP had benefited the South East with “the senate president, party chairman, governor of central bank, minister of finance, IGP and Chief of Army Staff, the first since the end of the civil war.”
Ugwuanyi made the point that the state has always voted PDP since 1999 and that was not about to change in 2019, “by the grace of God.”
Obi, who spoke in vernacular “because am in the capital of the South East,” promised that when PDP wins, Enugu and the South East, will change. under our government, there will be jobs, good roads, and other things.”