President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Ilorin said he was in Kwara to champion the freedom of the people from political and socio-economic oppression.
The President who spoke while addressing the crowd that received him at the Unity Rally organised by the PDP in the State, said “As from today, everybody in Kwara State is free because PDP is not owned by anybody but by the people themselves’’, he said.
President Jonathan, who re-christened the unity rally as Freedom Rally, also declared that “god-fatherism’’, imposition of candidates, personalisation of political party and impunity were dead in the PDP, adding that PDP serves the people and not individuals in the party, “we don’t have dictators in PDP.’’
The President described the PDP as the only party that could liberate the people of Kwara from the shackles of oppression from few individuals, adding that it was only in PDP that somebody like him from humble beginning can aspire and become the president of the country.
The President told the crowd that Nigerians believed in the PDP because it was the only party that members could actualise their aspirations and liberate the people.
He stressed that in politics, the people mattered a lot, over and above individual interests, adding that “PDP gives its elected governors total freedom to govern their states.’’
Jonathan assured the people that PDP was a formidable political party that could take the country and Kwara to greater heights.
The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, expressed appreciation to the people of the state for coming out in large numbers to receive the President, adding that the crowd at the rally demonstrated that Kwara was indeed a PDP state.
“The turnout is a clear indicator of the transformation agenda of President Jonathan, which has touched the lives of the people in areas of agriculture and education at all levels.
According to the Vice President, President Jonathan’s intervention in agriculture gave Kwara success in rice production as it produced 1.1 million tons of rice in 2013.
National Chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu, said the PDP would win all elections in the state come 2015, describing PDP as the party of the moment and not a party of the future, and called on the people not to join party of the future.