Jonathan lauds Ilorin Emir for peaceful co-existence in Kwara

President Goodluck Jonathan

Mr. Jonathan said he was in the state to ginger up members of the PDP ahead of the 2015 election.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday visited the Emir of IIorin, the capital of Kwara State, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, in what has become a routine for the president.

Mr. Jonathan was accompanied by his vice, Namadi Sambo, some ministers, and governors. He commended the Emir for working with other government agencies towards ensuring harmony in Kwara state.

The president, since the inception of 2014, has visited different traditional rulers amidst criticisms that he has been insensitive to the plight of those living in the den of Boko Haram attacks; and ignored the three states, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, under emergency rule.

Mr. Jonathan has visited the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero; the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi; and the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade.

The Ilorin Emir told the President that peace, unity, and love would continue to reign supreme in the state.

The monarch, who described Kwara as gateway to North and South of Nigeria, assured the President that efforts would be made to ensure continuous peace in the state.

The Chief Imam of IIorin, Mohammed Bashir, offered special prayer for peace, unity, love and understanding in the state and the country.

Mr. Jonathan was in Ilorin mainly to welcome political decampees to the PDP.

Two governorship candidates of opposition parties in the 2011 elections were welcomed to the PDP by the president.

Gbemisola Saraki was the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance while Dele Belgore was that of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN. They both joined the PDP months after their co-contender and eventual victor, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed left the PDP for the APC.

During the rally to welcome the decampees, Mr. Jonathan said, “It is only in PDP that people like me can become president. PDP is not owned by any individual. We don’t have dictators. No more imposition. No godfathers. We don’t own the country. We are only serving the people.”

(NAN)


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