No fewer than 800 plain clothe and regular
policemen were deployed to provide security for
wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame
Patience Jonathan, at the North-West Peoples
Democratic Party women rally in Kaduna on
But the wife of the president was absent at the
rally held at the Kaduna Township Stadium.
She was said to be attending another rally in
Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, but a security source
told our correspondent that the President’s wife
stayed away as a result of the attack on the
convoy of Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of the All
Progressives Congress presidential candidate,
Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in Ilorin on Monday.
Aside the 800 policemen, other security agencies
like battle-ready soldiers, were stationed at
strategic streets leading to the venue of the rally.
Motorists and other road users were barred from
taking the Independence Way, leading to the venue.
This resulted in a gridlock in the Tafawa Balewa/
Ungwar Rimi area of the city.
Motorists, held up in the gridlock, groaned under
the scotching afternoon sun.
At the rally, Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar
Yero, boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party
would win the March 28 and April 11 elections in
the state without qualms.
He said the state was a PDP state and would
remain so even after the elections.
Yero said he was not at the podium to campaign
for either himself, President Goodluck Jonathan
or other candidates as he was sure of victory at
The governor said,“The Vice President of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria is from Zazzau
Emirate and we’re very proud of him because
even his principal, President Goodluck Jonathan,
has described him as a faithful and loyal deputy.
“Our son has also brought in some
developmental projects to the state like the
Gurara and Kudendan Power stations, which are
expected to reactivate moribund industries in the
“The resuscitated Lagos–Kano rail line definitely
will pass through Kaduna State and our people
will be beneficiary not to talk of the new Abuja–
Kaduna fast track, where people can work in
Abuja and live in Kaduna.
“All these are Jonathan’s gifts to the people of
Kaduna State and the only way to reciprocate the
gesture is to support him for another term.”
The convener of the rally, Dame Patience
Jonathan, was represented by the wife of the Vice
President, Amina Sambo.