President Jonathan assures of free, fair election in Ondo
October 13, 2012 16:56
Akure, Oct. 13, 2012 (NAN) President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that there will be free, fair and violent free governorship election in Ondo on Oct. 20.
Jonathan gave the assurance on Saturday in Akure at a rally for the presentation of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flag to its candidate, Chief Olusola Oke.
The President urged the people of the state to vote for the PDP to enable the party utilise the state's abundant natural and mineral resources to enhance the well being of the people.
``We are working to make Ondo State very rich, if you vote for PDP, we will work with your governor to make you rich because you are richly blessed with agricultural and mineral resources.
``What we can guarantee is that the country will remain high in the committee of nations, and how you nominate your leaders remain our top concern, ’’ Jonathan said.
The president warned that the Federal Government would not allow the use of thugs during the election and advised parents to warn their children.
``We leant that some parties are bringing thugs into the state, don’t worry, they cannot have their way because we will not allow that rubbish,’’ Jonathan said.
He called on the people of the state to vote Oke as their governor for a better life and a better state.
Vice President Namadi Sambo, who is also the Chairman, National Campaign Committee of the party, thanked the president for keeping his promise on the sustenance of democracy in the country.
``Jonathan has assured Nigerians and is going to ensure that there is free and fair elections in the country,’’ he said.
Senate President, David Mark said the government would provide an enabling environment for the election, adding that the president would not allow rigging.
Oke promised that if voted to power, his government would industrialise the state, improve people's welfare, create employment and make the state buoyant.
The PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, presented the party's flag to Oke during the rally attended by Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.
Also present was former governor Olusegun Agagu and Minister of State for Defence, Chief Olusola Obada. (NAN)