The Peoples Democratic Party has launched its campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom capital as governors, ex-governors, and top chieftains of the party land in no fewer than 15 private jets.
According to The PUNCH, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, arrived in Uyo to inaugurate their campaign ahead of the 2023 poll.
Other governors elected on PDP’s platform were present aside, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Oyo, Benue, Abia, and Enugu counterparts, Seyi Makinde, Samuel Ortom, Ikpeazu Okeizie, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi respectively.
The inauguration held at the Nest of Champions International Stadium was also attended by the party’s National Assembly members, and the National Working Committee members led by the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, among other party stalwarts.
Members of the PDP Board of Trustees led by a former Senate President, Chief Adolphus Wabara were also present at the venue.
The PDP governors present at the rally include Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintri; Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku; and the host governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Others are the Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri; his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed; Delta State Governor and Atiku’s running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa; and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Investigations by The Punch revealed that at least 15 private and chartered jets landed and were parked at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo for the inauguration of the presidential campaign of the former vice-president.
Some of the private and chartered jets which landed at the airport were Hawker Siddeley 125 with registration number 5N-BZP belonging to Jubilee Aviation, Bombardier Challenger 604 with registration number 5N-BYN belonging to Jed Air, HS 125 with registration 5N-BZT belonging to Jet Support Services, and Embraer Phenom 300 (E55P) with registration number 5N-AAK belonging to Matrix Energy and operated by Jet Support Services.
Others are HS125 private aircraft with registration number 5N-BNM belonging to Dogon Daji; Lear Jet 45 jet with registration number 5N-BLW belonging to Max Air; Embraer E135 jet with registration number 5N-BTX belonging to Anap Jets and Embraer E145 plane with registration number 5N-BZN belonging to Exejet, and an Embraer E135 jet with registration number 5N-FZE belonging to Execujet.
The list also includes an Embraer E145 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWW chartered from United Nigeria Airlines.
The former VP’s Global Express private jet with registration number T7AAA was not sighted at the airport as of press time.
Also, a private jet belonging to Akwa Ibom State Government with registration number N224BV could not be sighted as of the time of filing this report.