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Patience Jonathan, in Lokoja, seeks votes for President


NIGERIA’S First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has reminded the people of Kogi State that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has shown so much interest in the empowerment and development of their state and people in the past six years.

   Speaking in Lokoja, Mrs. Jonathan recalled that President Jonathan flagged off the dry season farming in the state in an exercise that involved women in farming for the first time. More so, she told the women, the President has accorded so much dignity to the womenfolk through the 35 per cent affirmative action that has seen many women in appointive and elective positions.

   She urged the electorate to disregard all opposition claims on corruption, as corruption is right at their doorsteps, in their mouth, in their hands and all over them. According to her, Jonathan has come to put a stop to women relegation, as such practice is now outdated.

   “Goodluck Jonathan said women should not be relegated to the background, women can be useful. He said it is time for us to come out to partake in governance,” she stated.

   The First Lady substantiated her claim with the YouWin programme, under which small loans were given to women to trade with, and which she said has liberated many of them, adding that her husband would not just give fish but also teach women how to fish. To that end, she urged them to vote for President Jonathan. 

Wada explains support for President

Meanwhile, Wada has described her visit as the icing on the Peoples Democratic Party’ (PDP) cake. According to him, “when the President came, people turned out in very large numbers to welcome him to Kogi State and that day he spoke in very laud clear voice that PDP will carry the day in the election.”

   He indicated that ‎the state would vote for Jonathan because he has kept his promise in 2011 on the completion of Abuja-Ajaokuta Road, which is almost completed. He added: “We are now able to travel from here to Abuja in two hours. For Abuja-Lokoja Road, he extended the road through Okene to Benin, the dualization is ongoing.”

   Wada noted that the President gave the state a federal university, and that apart from improving education in the state, many indigenes have gained employment through the university.

   Among others, he said: “Ajaokuta Steel Complex is a project close to the people of the state. It will change the economy of the state forever. The President is doing something about it. 

   “Four lines are already running in Ajaokuta, to the best of my knowledge, and plans are at advanced stage based on the agreement signed by the Attorney General of the Federation that Ajaokuta and Itakpe iron ore would be fully reactivated.”


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