A mammoth crowd has turned out in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to welcome former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is returning to the state for the first time following his nomination as the presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for a second straight time.
The arrival of the ex-VP was preceded by his running mate, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who was received by his Adamawa State counterpart, Ahmadu Fintiri, and other top government functionaries.
Okowa arrived the Yola international Airport at exactly 11:00am on a bombardier chartered private jet marked 5N-BXK.
Atiku’s flight marked T7-AAA shortly afterwards touched down at at exactly 11:53am, disembarking to rousing welcome by supporters who breached protocol, as they thronged the tarmac to receive the PDP presidential candidate.
Motorists in the state capital had a hard time finding their way through the snarl of traffic, which enveloped the city, as residents in celebratory mode trooped out in their thousands to welcome the former Vice President.
Another resident, Mustapha Saidu, said “Everyone in Adamawa is happy to see one of our illustrious son on the cusps of making history. Everyone has come to show that this time around they will stand with him and I strongly believe he’s the next president.”