The unprecedented turn out of sympathizers of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) in Ekiti state capital today might raise some doubt if the current governor of the state still has grip on the state.
The crowd which included artisans and commercial motorcyclists marched from the Oke Iyinmi to the APC secretariat chanting various songs. The placard-carrying coalition created a traffic gridlock on the Ado Ekiti -Akure road as well as at Ijigbo and Ajilosun areas of the state capital.
Addressing the rally, the APC Acting Chairman in the state, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, said many residents of the state were happy over the president’s return. “His return will rekindle the war against corruption and insurgency while boosting efforts to end economic recession,’’ she said. Olaleye also assured APC supporters in the state that the forthcoming party primaries in the state in preparations for the 2018 governorship poll would not be manipulated.
She said the party’s candidate would emerge through the unanimous vote of party members. “We are happy that God has shamed those who thought President Buhari won’t return alive. “We are solidly behind President Buhari even beyond 2019,’’ she said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Mr Tunji Ogunlola, commended Nigerians for praying for the president’s recovery. He pointed out that their prayers had helped the medical team to achieve success in his treatment.