Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has assured that Peoples Democratic Party supporters who died during the party’s February 11, 2011 South-South rally in Port Harcourt would not be forgotten.
She gave the assurance on Saturday when she visited families of the victims of the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt stampede in Ikwerre and Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema local government areas of Rivers State. She promised that the federal and state governments would support the bereaved families, even as she expressed regret that the deceased left at a time when they were mostly needed to translate the principle of one man one vote in the electoral process.
She pointed out that the PDP would continue to celebrate them as ‘worthy comrades’, describing the stampede as unfortunate. Condoling with the state government, the families of the deceased and the survivors, the President’s wife stated that she was touched by the death of 10 women.
She said the women believed in the change initiative, aimed at improving the lot of Nigerian women. She described the large turnout of women at the February 11 rally as a demonstration of their love for her husband and the state Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
She said the deceased paid the price for democracy in Nigeria.
Delivering a letter of condolence to Amaechi, she prayed for the quick recovery for the survivors and urged them not to be deterred by the incident.
Also speaking, Amaechi expressed gratitude to the President’s wife for the visit and the condolence message she brought to the bereaved families. He assured that the state government would pick the medical bills of the survivors and described the victims of the stampede as ‘strong supporters of the party’.