The Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, said 4,150,000 signatures from the South-South had endorsed the call on President Goodluck Jonathan to vie for a second
term in office.
Wike stated this at rally organised by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria’s (TAN) in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
He said the call on the President to go for a second term was in tandem with his reforms in the nation’s education sector.
Wike commended the President for putting almajiris on the track of responsible living, which he said was unprecedented.
He said the people of the South-South would remain forever grateful to the President for inaugurating Oil and Gas Polytechnic in Bonny.
Dr Ngozi Iweala, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, said Jonathan’s second term was important because of his economic reforms and other achievements.
Iweala said Nigeria’s economy, since the inception of President Jonathan’s administration, was progressing rapidly and yielding fruitful results.
Former Gov. Peter Odili of Rivers urged Jonathan to continue in his purposeful leadership of Nigerian by declaring for 2015 presidential election.
Odili lauded Jonathan’s transformation agenda in many areas, saying that it had impacted positively on Nigerians in general and South- South in particular.
Sen. James Manager, Chairman, South-South Senators’ Forum, described the call on Jonathan to continue as a clarion call, adding that it was anchored on fair play.
Manager urged other Nigerians to support the call for Jonathan to continue, which he said was necessary for national development and completion of projects.
Responding, President Jonathan noted that the people of South-South had not only given him a mandate for a second term but demonstrated total support for their son.
The President, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, commended the people of the South-South for “breaking record’’ with the call.
He said their support was unprecedented and an expression of love and needful base for him.
Earlier, the people of the South-South as represented by their various leaders endorsed the call on him to contest for the presidential election in 2015.