Without anyone asking and in the presence of the Unides Podem candidate for the Mayor of Valencia, the vice-president and visible head of Sumar took advantage of her sight in the Albufera to ask for the vote for Joan Ribó. A day after claiming to concentrate the regional vote on the figure of Héctor Illueca and on the ballot of Unides Podem, Yolanda Díaz has asked the Valencians to "do everything possible so that the Mayor of Valencia is in the hands of Joan Ribó", the current mayor of Compromís.
Aware of the complicated balances that she has to make -in this campaign -Díaz has arrived at the act against the expansion of the Port of Valencia in a van driven by the person in charge of Organization of Podem-, the leader of Sumar has added: "We have to continue with the transformations of the government of the Mayor of Ribó with the support of all the progressive formations".
After days without getting wet and three days before the polling stations open, the vice president goes down to the sand and makes her preferences very clear: Unides Podem in the Generalitat Valenciana, to guarantee that 5% required by the electoral barrier that gives more options to the Botanical to continue; and Joan Ribó in the City Council, where Unides Podem no longer has representation and it is difficult to achieve it, despite Lima's efforts. The mayor was at the Magariños event and the Unides Podem candidate was not. "I want to vote for the people who make the Botanic and the Joan Ribó Mayor's Office possible," she insisted.
To avoid precisely that position, a non-partisan act organized by a transversal entity such as the Ciutat Port Commission had been orchestrated. In fact, his spokesman and former leader of Podem in Les Corts, Antonio Montiel, had asked the two candidates present (Ribó and Lima) to be in the second row and give prominence to the entity that wanted to explain to the vice president the negative effects of the enlargement.
This has been the case, not without tensions between the members of their respective teams. Díaz has greeted them both and has kept his balance paying attention to the data and infographics that the neighbors have presented to him until they have put the microphone in front of him.
Díaz, after revealing that his visit to the Valencian Community is not accidental, has asked the Valencian electorate to mobilize between now and Sunday because "two models of society are at stake: the old bipartisanship, predation, corruption and business of a few, and the one who looks to the future and to life".
Some statements that have provoked the gratitude of Ribó, present at the act, and some discontent in those related to Unides Podem who participated in the act called by the Comissió Ciutat-Port that opposes the expansion of the Port of Valencia. In fact, when Díaz explained her position, the UP candidate for mayor, Pilar Lima, left the group of statements. Her team assured her that she had another matter. Although the number two of her candidacy, Lara Manyes, has recognized that in the municipal elections, "she (in reference to the vice president) has another strategy."
However, the leader of the EU (a party that did attend Sumar's presentation) has defended that the entry of Unides Podem in the consistory of cap i casal is key to ensuring a progressive government in the city. In addition, Manyes has claimed that her coalition is essential to carry out progressive policies and has emphasized that on issues such as the expansion of the Port of Valencia: "Compromís has doubted, we have never."
In addition to the electoral key message that she wanted to send (in the Ribó environment it seems that they did expect some gesture of this style due to the good relationship that both maintain), the second vice president of the Government wanted to show her opposition to the expansion of the Port that they do defend both from the PSPV and from the Port Authority of Valencia.
Díaz has appealed for "coherence" and in a situation of "climate emergency" he has indicated that "port models cannot be shared, not only that of Valencia, but also that of Barcelona, and airport infrastructures, which look towards an old bipartisanship that had an economic and social development anchored in the old policies" that, in his opinion, "does not revert to the common good.