In her speech which alternated between English and vernacular, Mrs Jonathan thanked the people of Abia for their support of President Jonathan and the PDP in general. She enumerated Jonathan’s major achievements, including improvements in maternal health, the establishment of 127 almajiri schools and an advanced malaria programme.
She reaffirmed that President Jonathan is committed to improvements in the social and economic welfare of Nigerians.
“If we have not done well, come out and challenge me! If you vote for Goodluck come March 28, 2015, he will do more. My husband, the president of Nigeria, is ‘talk na do’. He does whatever he says,” Patience Jonathan claimed.
Dame Patience also pointed out that she would never encourage her husband to be a “sit-tight” ruler: ‘’If my husband decides to come back after eight years again, I will drag him inside the house and tell him to allow the younger ones to rule”.
She urged all Nigerians to collect their PVCs to enable them come out en masse and vote for all the PDP candidates.
She used the occasion to comment on the recent defection to the PDP of Prince Eke Idika, the former senior member of the APC chapter in Abia state and deputy governorship candidate there. Mrs Jonathan described the rival party as a“prison party” , and maintained that Idika would be “accommodated” within the PDP.
The event at the Umuahia Township Stadium attracted a large turnout.
The governor of Abia state, Chief T.A Orji, and his wife, the acting state chairman of the PDP, Senator Emma Nwaka, both welcomed Patience Jonathan at the event.
Also in attendance were Helen Mark, the wife of the Senate president, Nene Ekweremadu, the wife of the deputy Senate president, the First Lady of Ebonyi state, Josephine Elechi and Lady Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi. Others present were representatives of the Community Association on Development Initiative, the National Council of Women Society, PDP National, as well as state celebrities and Nollywood stars like Charles Opurum, Chinedu Ikedieze, Rita Edochie and Emeka Enyiocha, among others.