ONITSHA – March 23, 2015 (NAN) The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has appealed to the people of Anambra State to vote en masse for her husband and other PDP candidates.
“We are here to thank you for the bloc vote to PDP during the general elections of 2011; we are appealing that you do it once more’’, Jonathan said in Onitsha on Monday.
She spoke when the PDP Women Wing campaign train stopped over in the commercial city.
Jonathan urged women to convince their male counterparts not to allow a single vote to be voided or lost to the opposition in the state.
The first lady, who spoke in Igbo language, said the administration of President Jonathan had stood for the entire Ndi-Igbo.
She added that the President was committed to the completion of the ongoing 2nd Niger Bridge, which she noted had eluded the people of the South-East for many years.
“Ndi-Anambra and Ndi-Igbo should not forget how Jonathan raised the status of Ndi-Igbo in the country by making their son a chief of army staff as well as being there for them.
“He participated in the burial of prominent Igbo sons, including late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.
“And before Ojukwu died, he called Jonathan and blessed him, saying it will be well with him and the country he is leading’’, she said.
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Jonathan held that the President was a silent performer, who had demonstrated passion to improve the lot of Nigerians especially women, in all ramifications.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
“For the women of Nigeria; Mr President had done a lot to uplift their status by granting their 30 per cent representation in his cabinet, which had never been done by any other government.
“He assisted in checking maternal mortality from an alarming rate of 820 deaths per 1,000 births to a negligible rate today through improved health institutions.
“He helped to train nurses and mid-wives to see that our pregnant women do not die any longer; thank you President Jonathan.
“Our women and girls are being employed through a lot of empowerment schemes and skill acquisition programmes throughout the country’’, she said.
She urged women to come out en masse on March 28 and thumb print on PDP logo – the umbrella.
The rally, which was attended by a massive crowd of PDP women faithful in Anambra, included those from the national level. (NAN)