By Abdulrahman Abdulraheem, in Lagos
President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Lagos residents to vote for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at all levels in the upcoming general elections so as to free the state from the tyranny of one man.

The President said this?on Thursday?night when the leaders of market women groups, the Iyalojas, in Lagos and environs, paid him a solidarity visit at the State House, Marina, Lagos.

President Jonathan was reacting to the complaint of high handedness and witch hunt made by the ?Iyalojas against the Lagos state government.

He told the market women and indeed all traders in the country that the PDP administration would provide the enabling environment for them to ply their trade without harassment.

“Our victory at the polls will free all Lagos traders from oppression. You need to be free. We will remove Lagos from bondage,?? he assured.

President Jonathan thanked the women traders for standing solidly behind his re-election bid and urged them not to be intimidated by the antics of the All Progressives Congress.

“I have listened to you. You have been carrying the PDP flag. You have been humiliated but you still marched on.

Thank you for working hard for PDP. This is the final struggle and time for us to use all our strength to achieve victory,?? he said.

The President further added that the country belongs to every Nigerian.
Earlier, the leader of the market Women from Lagos, Hajia Aminat Hussein, had told the President that the women had stood behind PDP since its inception but regretted that the members suffered harassment under the Lagos State administration.

She said that in spite of the attempts to buy over many of the market women by the APC, the women would mobilise their members in the State and other states in the federation to ensure victory for President Jonathan.

“We are promising you that you will not lose in Lagos. This coming election is for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and God is with you,?? she added.

Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who accompanied the group, told the President that the group was working to tell the world that the ruling elites in Lagos “are not untouchables??.

“These women are more concerned about the reality than news in the social media. APC will be shocked on Election Day. We believe in our President.

“I do not know of any President that is as humble as Jonathan. If you have such a man as President your interest will be protected,” Obanikoro said.


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