President Goodluck Jonathan, Friday, said that victory for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming general elections would free Lagos residents from oppression.
Speaking when the leaders of market women groups in Lagos and environs, paid him a solidarity visit at the State House, Marina, Lagos, Jonathan promised the market women, and indeed, all traders in the country that the PDP administration would provide the enabling environment for them to ply their trades.
“Our victory at the polls will free all Lagos traders from oppression. You need to be free; we will remove Lagos from bondage,” he said in reaction to the complaint of high-handedness and witch-hunting made by the market women against the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Lagos state government.
He commended the women for supporting his re-election bid. However, he urged them not to be intimidated by their opponents.
“I have listened to you; you have been carrying the PDP flag; you have been humiliated but you still marched on.
“Thank you for working hard for PDP; this is the final struggle and time for us to use all our strength to achieve victory,’’ he said, adding that the country belonged to every Nigerian.
“If we struggle and win Lagos state, everybody will do his business without being harassed or intimidated,” Jonathan promised.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the market women, Hajia Aminat Hussein told the president that the women had always supported the PDP. She said that in spite of the attempts by APC “to buy over many of the market women”, the women would mobilise themselves in the state and in other states to ensure victory for the president.
“We are promising you that you will not lose in Lagos; this coming election is for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and God is with you,” she added.