Tens of thousands of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members across the South West are to converge on the Tafawa Balewa Square grounds in Lagos for the flag-off of the South West re-election campaign of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan/Arch Namadi Sambo.
The two governors of the PDP in the South West, Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti will be joined by party leaders from the zone to host the president and all other party leaders from other parts of the country. Governorship candidates of the party are also to be presented to the public at the campaign ground.
While the president is expected to seize the opportunity to apprise the people of the zone of the successes recorded by his government, he will also take the chance to woo the people of the region, reputed to be the most politically sophisticated in Nigeria.
GEJ sources said will remind the people of the region of how his government remodelled the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) in Ikeja, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport wing, and is reconstructing the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which for the last decade or more has been left in a sorry state. He is also expected to speak about the steady and fast intervention in the rail sector with the return of railways with new train engines and luxury coaches, as well as the reconstruction of the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway, leading to the nation’s ports.
The choice of Tafawa Balewa Square as venue, PDP sources said was because it hosted the ceremonies of Nigeria’s independence as well as being in Lagos where the largest number of voters reside in the country. One PDP leader said it is also not going to be about politics alone as musicians and comedians are expected to grace the event.