Vanguard (Lagos)

2 September 2012

Nigeria: PDP Will Take Over South-West - Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Osogbo said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would deliver all the six states of the South-west in the next general elections, saying the party has all it takes to rule the zone.

President Jonathan spoke at a civic reception organized by the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the National Secretary of the party and former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

The president, represented by his Special Adviser on Inter Party affairs, Senator Ben Obi, said the PDP has capable members who could serve well in the South-West, adding that the party is made up of knowledgeable individuals in the zone and other parts of the country.

The ceremony, which drew the attention of eminent personalities and leaders of thoughts from across the country, was also used to canvass for support for the state chapter of the party in its bid to return to power in the next general elections.

Meanwhile, the governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has urged the people of Osun State to rally round the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the stage is set for the party to form the governments in the South-west and the state would not be an exception.

Akpabio stated this in his address at the reception in honour of Oyinlola. Speaking through the Secretary to the Akwa-Ibom State Government, Obong Umana Okon Umana, Akpabio, who was the chairman at the occasion, stated that Osun was blessed with capable politicians, who were also ready to take the state from the woods.

"Let me state here without mincing words that the state and the good people of Osun are looking up to you for leadership and it is my hope that with the calibre of people in the party the stage is now set for the party to form government in this state and other South- west states," the governor said.

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