Nine persons slumped at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano where the rally of presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was held.
Massive crowd yesterday, flooded the stadium, making it difficult for movement within the facility. The Cable reporter at the venue of the rally said he counted eight persons lying on the ground while security operatives made arrangement for them to be taken to the hospital.
Six of those who fainted were males while the remaining three were females.
People lined up the streets to welcome Atiku to the ancient town and as soon as he arrived in the city, the presidential candidate headed to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.
Less than 10 minutes drive distance from the airport to the tomb of Aminu Kano took the candidate almost two hours to get to the palace of the emir of Kano.
At the tomb of the politicians called, a wall collapsed as the crowd surged to catch a glimpse of the presidential candidate and his team.
From about 11am when Atiku arrived Kano, he was only able to reach the venue of the rally at 6 pm as the mammoth crowd lined the streets obstructing traffic following him to all the places he visited.
Former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso, led the crowd as the PDP leaders moved from one place to the other.
It’s all over for APC – Kwankwaso, Secondus
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus and former governor of Kano State and a serving senator, Rabiu Kwankwaso, said it is over for President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
This followed the massive reception that Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, received in Kano on Sunday, known as a stronghold of the APC.
Buhari secured 1.9 million votes, his highest, in Kano in the 2015 election when Kwankwaso was the governor.
But Kwankwaso, who led Atiku’s team into the ancient city on Sunday, declared that it was all over for the APC. He said the mammoth had sent a message to Aso Rock that PDP has taken over Kano.
“Today, Kano people and particularly, the youths have shown that Kano is for PDP and Kwankwasiyya,” he said.
Atiku who got into Kano at 11am did not get the opportunity to address the crowd until 6pm. Journey which should ordinarily take minutes lasted several hours.
In his speech, Atiku thanked the people for their support, promising to transform the country if elected next week.
He appealed to the crowd to vote for all PDP candidates in the election.
“Are you going to vote for PDP? If you vote for PDP from top to bottom and bottom to top, PDP government will revitalise business and the moribund industries in Kano. We will also boost agriculture,” he said.
“I will ensure that among my priorities would be the revitalization of agriculture, industries and commercial activities so as to boost the economy which has been killed by the APC government.”
Atiku said Kano is the commercial nerve of the north but has been experiencing backwardness under the APC government.
Time to replace this outdated govt – Saraki
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said it is time for Nigerians to choose competent leadership over outdated one.
Saraki, who is also the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential campaign council, said this yesterday, in a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
He called on Nigerians to come out en masse and vote for candidates of the PDP in the general elections, saying they are ready to make Nigeria work again.
“We have all seen how the last four years have gone. It is time for Nigerians across the nation to choose economic growth over poverty; choose security over the growing and fast spreading insecurity; and choose competent leadership over leadership that is outdated,” the statement read.
“If you have ever questioned if Nigeria can be better, coming out to vote with your friends and relatives who have PVCs next Saturday will be your answer.
“It is not enough to tweet about this government or share WhatsApp broadcasts, the time has come for all Nigerians to take their future in their hands and vote for visionary leaders, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, and the PDP slate of candidates who are promising a Better Nigeria and are ready to make Nigeria work again.”