President Goodluck Jonathan is set to hit the North-East with his campaign train to seek the people’s support for his re-election bid.
It’s been 266 days after the President shunned the troubled region following the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls by terrorists in Chibok, Borno State.
The Peoples Democratic Party National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, who spoke with Saturday PUNCH during the week in Abuja, said that the President would visit all parts of the country, including the North-East, to seek the people’s support.
The President had cancelled his supposed trip to Chibok on May 16, 2014 to sympathise with the parents of the abducted schoolgirls, who have been missing for the past 257 days.
Though his aides, in a statement, later said the President was not meant to visit Chibok that day, the President’s advanced team, according to reports, had visited Chibok in preparation for Jonathan’s visit.
But Oladipo told one of our correspondents that no part of the country would be left out by the PDP and Jonathan to campaign for support.
He said, “We will visit all parts of the country to campaign. There is no state in Nigeria that the PDP and the President will not visit, including the North-East.
“We believe in the sovereignty of the country and that is why we are taking every part of the nation seriously.”
Asked if this would not be seen as daring and contemptuous of the people of the North-East, who the President refused to visit even when their towns and cities were being bombed almost every day, he said, “The President does one thing or the other on daily basis. He could be busy attending to issues, some of them if not all, could have positive effect on the lives of the people of the region.”
Also the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, reinforced Oladipo’s comment, saying notwithstanding the security challenges confronting Nigeria, Jonathan would visit all the states affected by the Boko Haram violence to campaign ahead of the 2015 general elections.