NIGER GUBER: JONATHAN, OBASANJO, IBB, ATIKU TO STORM MINNA
President Goodluck Jonathan, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy, Atiku Abubakar and a host of top Federal Government and party functionaries are expected to storm Minna, the Niger State capital to witness the kick off of the re-election campaign of Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu.
Former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida would be the chief host at the campaign where the personalities would be meeting for the first time after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primaries in Abuja where Jonathan emerged as the party's flag bearer.
Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Senate President, David Mark, his House of Representatives counterpart, Dimeji Bankole were also among the personalities expected to lead PDP heavy weights for a rally in support of Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu who was seeking re-election as Governor of Niger State.
Chairman, Media Sub- Committee of the Governor Aliyu 2011 Gubernatorial Election Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Danladi Ndayebo told journalists in Minna that the rally, slated for this weekend at the Trade Fair Complex, Minna would be the 'mother of all rallies' in the history of governorship campaigns in Nigeria.
According to Ndayebo, Vice President Sambo would chair the occasion while Mark, Bankole and the acting national chairman of the party would serve as guests of honour. The president would be the special guest of honour.
Also expected at the rally were all serving governors, second republic vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Malam Adamu Ciroma, Chief Edwin Clark and Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule, among many others.
The statement said Governor Aliyu had spent the last four years in office to campaign vigorously for a second term through his people-oriented programmes, adding that the feedback from the electorate had been very encouraging.
''If reports coming from the wards and local governments are anything to go by, then we can safely conclude that Governor Aliyu will clinch a second term with a landslide victory,' Ndayebo said.