The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Atiku, on Monday prayed at the grave side of the father of the Sokoto Caliphate, Mallam Usman Dan Fodio.
The former vice president was in Sokoto for the kick-off of PDP’s national campaign for the 2019 general election in Sokoto state, which attracted jubilant supporters drawn from the seven states of the North West zone: Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa and Kaduna states at Shehu Kangiwa Square, Sokoto.
A statement issued by Ike Abonyi, the media adviser to the PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, reports that the prayer by Atiku “was symbolic as the tomb is hardly accessible even to incumbent Presidents”.
The high-points of the rally was the presentation of the party flag to Atiku, the presidential candidate, his running mate, Peter Obi, and the Sokoto state gubernatorial candidate and the Governor of the state Aminu Tambuwal.
Top PDP leaders from the zone, former presidential aspirants Rabiu Kwakwaso from Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa,Ahmed Makarfi of Kaduna, Taminu Turaki of Kebbi were among others who addressed the rally.
The former President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo also addressed the crowd and urged them to dump APC because the pdp candidate has all the experience to turn the country around for good.
The Speaker of the House Of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara said Nigeria should be grateful to democracy for providing the opportunity for the people to make changes when things are not going well.
He said that he and some other Nigerians fought for change in 2015 but have since realized that the change was not forthcoming, hence the decision to dump the APC for PDP.
The Senate President and the Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign, Senator Bukola Saraki urged the people of the North West to lead the way in the huge mission of rescuing the country.