Nigeria: Gearing Up For 2015 General Elections

GoodLuck-JonathanAs the February, 2015 general elections in Nigeria draw closer, the intra party and inter party politicking are beginning to unfold. The wheat is gradually being separated from the chaff as the boys are being separated from the men.

From our view, point based on political consultations and interactions with Nigerians in the Diaspora and back home we are convinced that a more acceptable presidential candidate like President Ebele Jonathan has emerged on the political landscape in Nigeria.

It’s a known fact that President Jonathan’s landslide victory in the 2011 presidential elections was as a result of political parties unity, a situation where all the major political parties unanimously endorsed President Jonathan as their sole presidential candidate.

This was an unprecedented achievement in Nigerian politics and as the clock ticks towards the 2015 elections history is likely to repeat its self because of the President’s acceptance level across board.

We are motivated and persuaded to support President Jonathan not only because of his unparalleled, exceptional and extraordinary achievements but also for the approbation from well-meaning Nigerians including elder state men, opinion leaders, leaders of social/cultural organisations, Labour leaders, opposition party leaders etc. Below are expressions of such commentaries:

Quote: “He (Jonathan) has conveyed an image of himself as a decent politician who is not going to manipulate or resort to extra-legal or illegal ways in election management in Nigeria.” End of quote.

By: Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Former Governor of Ekiti State

Quote: “When you sit with President Jonathan himself, he appears a nice simple person who is trying his best to do his best”. By: The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and current Emir Of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,

Quote: “It is better to jaw jaw than to war war. By: Former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd.) supporting President Goodluck Jonathan’s planned national conference.

Quote: “The bridge, when completed, would boost economic activities and transport in the South East and its environs. The bridge is overdue, the ground-breaking should have been done before now. By: Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar commending President Jonathan on the ground breaking ceremony that kick-started the construction of the second Niger Bridge.

Quote: “The president has also redefined himself as a man with exceptional integrity, striding on golden characters of dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty and total commitment to public service.” By: Chief Udo Udeogaranya, President of the Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) commending President Jonathan over the ground-breaking ceremony of the Second Niger Bridge.

Quote: “How can he prove the allegation he made against President Goodluck Jonathan that he is encouraging genocide in the country? Doesn’t he realise the implication of this kind of statement? And that the statement can throw Nigeria on fire; does it augur well for national stability and unity of the country?” By Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd), Former military Governor of Kaduna State accusing the impeached Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, of trying to incite the people of the north against President Goodluck Jonathan with his genocide allegation.

Quote: “I think the action as far as I am concerned with my 32 years of military experience is justifiable. Because security means any offensive or defensive measure that a government takes to protect the Federal Republic of Nigeria from external aggression or insurgency. And that the government has a duty to make sure that people live in peace, people properties are well protected”. By: Former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida speaking on the declaration of state of emergency in three states of the north-east by the Jonathan administration.

Quote: “We also commend the President for giving this emergency measure a democratic face by retaining the democratic structures in the affected states when he declared that within the purview of this Proclamation, the governors and other political office holders in the affected states will continue to discharge their constitutional responsibilities”. By: Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Issa Aremu commending President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s approach to declaring a state of emergency in some states in northern part of Nigeria.

Quote: “Northern Elders Council commends and fully supports the visionary and transformational policies of President Jonathan and acknowledges the socio-economic strides of the administration in all sectors. The Council pledges its full support and commitment to work for the success of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo.” By: A communiqué endorsing Jonathan and Sambo signed by Ambassador Yusuf Mamman

Quote: “With the formal take off of the international airport, Igbo Youth Movement is optimistic that modernization of the Eastern railway lines and other promises would be fulfilled in due time too.”

By: Chief Elliot Uko, president of Igbo Youth Movement, expressed appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan on the fulfillment of an international gateway at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu leading to the commencement of operation by Ethiopian Airline.

Quote: “But more importantly, the President (Jonathan) won an election (2011) here (Lagos) with about 1.7million votes and all the states got ministers except us, until a few weeks ago.” By: Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State

We believe that the above comments were not made under duress and they are true reflections of the commentators opinion of President Jonathan and his administration.

Nigerians have spoken, what more can I say more than to urge you to join hands with the EBELE CARRY ON VANGUARD (ECO VANGUARD) to support and vote President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the PDP to carry-on with the good works.

By Seidu Franklyn

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