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Jonathan visits Ekiti, promises to deepen democracy

By The Citizen
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President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday gave assurance that his government would do everything possible to deepen democracy in the country.

He spoke in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State after the Peoples Democratic Party's governorship candidate, Ayo Fayose, received the official flag from the National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu.

Jonathan, who also gave assurance of providing adequate security for the June 21 governorship election in the state to prevent rigging and thuggery. admitted that he had not visited the state in a long time because there were no projects to inaugurate said he was impressed by the mammoth crowd that filled Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti, the venue of the rally.

'We are going to provide adequate security that would enhance one man, one vote. I am not in Ekiti today to convert you because by this crowd, you have shown that you are for the PDP.

'You have really shown clearly that you want change in Ekiti. You have shown that you want leadership that will improve on your wellbeing , on the level of education in Ekiti because education is key in this State. We will bring back the lost glory in the education sector.

'I only came to Ekiti during Segun Oni PDP-led Government to commission projects. When you vote Fayose and the PDP returns to Ekiti again, I will join hands with him to develop this State.

'So, don't be afraid of thuggery during the election. We shall provide adequate security to ensure one man, one vote, one woman, one vote and one youth, one vote. Anyone who brings thugs does that at his own peril', Jonathan warned,” he said.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman Board of Trustees of PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, who dismissed the All Progressives Congress as a true contender for power said the party was no match for the ruling party in Nigeria.

'We are not competing with APC because they have nothing to offer. We have come to offer you hardowrk, to offer you freedom, to offer you commitment and success', he said.

In the same vein, the Nigerian Vice-President, Architect Namadi Sambo thanked the Ekiti people for trooping out to receive the President and the PDP leaders. He also commended them for their support to Fayose, with a strong promise that a PDP led government in the state will fix the problems facing the people in transportation and civil service.