A mammoth crowd has gathered in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, to greet former vice president Atiku Abubakar, who is visiting the region for the first time after being nominated as the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential flagbearer for a second time.
The PDP presidential candidate for the 2023 election Atiku Abubakar has been warmly received in Adamawa, his home state.
The governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, was welcomed by the governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, and other senior government officials before the ex-VP arrived.
The road leading to and from the Yola International Airport was the busiest our reporter observed. But it became even harder for Atiku’s motorcade and convoy making its way to the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa, HRH Barkindo Mustapha, in Yola town, where he was expected to pay homage to the royal father, before a scheduled condolence visit to the mother of the late OPEC Secretary-General, Sanusi Barkindo.
In a tweet on Monday, Mr. Atiku said he arrived in Yola, capital of Adamawa, for a thank you visit to the people of Adamawa for their prayers, love, and support, Tari Oliver Blog reports.
“A warm airport reception from great people of Adamawa and members of the state PDP as I arrived Yola this afternoon to receive thousands of defectors from various political parties to our great party PDP,” Atiku said.
Atiku, who is in the state for the first time since his emergence as PDP presidential candidate, thanked the decampees and PDP supporters for standing by him in his 32 years of political experience.
He assured them of equally treatment under the umbrella of PDP as big one family.The national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, asked people of the state to vote Atiku, assuring that he is a unifier for Nigeria.
At the event, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State said the party would deliver elective positions at all levels for PDP.
The governor thanked the people of the state for the rousing welcome accorded Atiku in the state.
The state chairman of the PDP, Tahir Shehu, said the party had constituted a reconciliation committee, headed by former state chairman of the party, Joel Madak,i to appease aggrieved members.
Former Vice President Namadi Sambo, former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, former governor of Adamawa Boni Haruna were among the dignitaries who accompany Atiku to his home state.