All was set for the mega PDP Presidential Campaign Rally at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt for Monday Morning and Atiku arrived the Port Harcourt International Airport in the early hours of Monday. He was accompanied by the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who also doubles as the Director General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike received the Presidential Candidate in company of leaders of Rivers State. The governor stated that the rally would be the mother of all rallies signalling the beginning of a new era in Nigeria.
On the real day, the state government media team reported that over 100,000 Rivers people endorsed Atiku to lead Nigeria. The state governor, Wike, assured that Rivers people would vote for him because they believe in his capacity to develop the country.
Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, said the choice of Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential Candidate is divine. He said God has chosen Atiku Abubakar to solve the problems of Nigeria.
Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah said that Rivers people will vote 100 percent for Atiku Abubakar.
He said that the rally is a rehearsal for the victory party after the election of Atiku Abubakar as the President of the country.
Atiku, in his address, assured that his incoming administration will address the infrastructural needs of Rivers State and the South-South.
He announced that the Ports in Rivers State will be revived for the purpose of job creation, economic growth and the massive development of the state. He said he would complete the East-West Road started by the Obasanjo/Atiku administration. “APC has not done anything for Rivers State, South-South and the Niger Delta”.
Atiku Abubakar described Governor Wike as a true leader and devoted politician who has transformed Rivers State and defended the survival of the PDP.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan declared that Nigerians were working for the election of Atiku Abubakar because he has the capacity to lead the country out of its stagnation.
He said: “In 2015, I mentioned that the choice before Nigerians is either to move forward or backwards. Within the past four years, all the indices of development, we have not made progress in any of them.
“I believe that you all know that as a nation, we cannot continue to stay where we are. We believe that the only person that can get us out of the woods, is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar”.
Jonathan said that Atiku will move Nigeria forward and will not discriminate against any section of the country. He said that Atiku will treat all geo-political zones fairly.
PDP Vice Presidential Candidate and Former Anambra State Governor , Mr Peter Obi said only Atiku Abubakar can restore the Niger Delta because he believes in restructuring.
He noted that Atiku Abubakar will create jobs and make the country to start working again.
Senate President Bukola Saraki declared that Atiku Abubakar will develop Nigeria and drive away poverty. He urged Nigerians to defend their votes.
PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said despite the desperation of the APC, Buhari is heading to a woeful defeat because of his failure in governance.
He, however, stated that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on the strength of his performance, will be re-elected for a second term.
Wife of the Presidential Candidate, Jennifer Atiku, said Rivers people are fully ‘Atikulated’ and would come out to vote Atiku Abubakar.
Prison yard democracy
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said that the North West Zone has resolved to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari because he promotes prison yard democracy and retrogression.
Highpoint of the occasion was the formal withdrawal from the governorship race by 57 Governorship Candidates who endorsed the re-election of Governor Wike. Spokesman of the Governorship Candidates, Pastor Samuel Ihunwo said that their decision was premised on the outstanding performance of Governor Wike.
Ace musicians, Davido and Duncan Mighty, thrilled the crowd with their songs.