What could have turned out to be a monumental disappointment was averted at the Southwest Presidential Parley due to the timely intervention of a member of the Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organization, Chief Jumoke Akinjide.
Chief Jumoke Akinjide had through her explanation, calmed the frayed nerves of the organisers and participants at the event over the issue that triggered annoyance.
The participants flared in anger when the news filtered in at quarter past five in the evening that the people’s Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had snubbed the presidential parley organised by the Southwest Development Stakeholders Forum where he was billed to feature to address issues of interest in the region.
After some minutes of persuasion, by the former Minister of FCT, the people later admitted the Waziri Adamawa,Atiku Abubakar who later apologized to the participants who had anticipated his coming since eleven o’clock in the morning.
In his address, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar promised the restructuring of Nigeria, a privately driven economy, the creation of state police and the empowerment of Nigerian women if voted as president.
Earlier the Parley featured the Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Prince Adewole Adebayo who stated that his administration if elected, would create thirty million jobs, secure Nigeria’s borders through technology for improved surveillance as well as remove the Land Use Act to grant true owners of lands full access and control of their lands.
In his address of welcome, Director General DAWN Commission Mr Seye Oyeleye, enjoined the presidential candidates to embrace regional development in their administration if elected.
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