2015: 4m in S/South endorse Jonathan
•Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta lead, says Anyim
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),Chief Pius Anyim said yesterday that four million people in the six Southsouth states have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election next year.
According to Anyim, the people want the President to formally declare his retention to return for a second term, immediately.
The SGF who stood in for the President at the third edition of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria’s (TAN’s) rally in Port Harcourt to drum up support for Jonathan ahead of his declaration, said the Southsouth endorsement is the strongest so far .
He gave the breakdown as follows: Rivers state – 1, 000,100; Akwa Ibom – 800, 000; Delta-750,000;Cross River-520,000; Bayelsa -516,000; and Edo-490,000.
He said: “It (number of persons who endorsed Jonathan) is a great record that has been broken. Something significant has happened. You have proven that President Jonathan has a base. His zone is solidly behind him.
“In my zone (South-East), we have been beaten by the people of the South-South zone. The registration is ongoing. If I return to my zone, the figure will double. South-South people have spoken. Other Nigerians will follow. I will take the message to Mr. President. At the appropriate time, Nigerians will hear from him.”
At the rally were Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State; former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili; Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike; Culture and Tourism Minister Edem Duke; Works Minister Mike Onolememen and Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo as well as Federal and State legislators from the zone.
Odili said that Rivers state remains solidly behind Jonathan and asked the people to ensure “their son and great in-law” returns to office next year.
The ex-Rivers governor (Odili) also lauded President Jonathan for the convocation of Uduaghan declared that the President “must” contest in 2015, having achieved much for the country.
Danagogo described President Jonathan as “Original Port Harcourt Boy,” saying: “For us in Rivers State, we will be thanking you for what you are doing. The President is one of us. Rivers people are so happy. We have never had it so good.
“Mr. President should declare for second term. We will vote massively for him. Not just because Mr. President is our own. He is an excellent product. Let us continue to support him. You are witnesses to his transformation agenda. Nigeria still needs President Jonathan’s brilliant performance to solve our national challenges.”
Wike, in his remarks, thanked TAN for bringing the South-South rally to Port Harcourt, stressing that if the non-governmental organisation had done otherwise, many people would have concluded that Rivers state was not for President Jonathan, especially with the defection of Governor Rotimi Amaechi to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The minister of state for education said: “Rivers State is totally for President Jonathan. Everybody from the South-South is supporting President Jonathan. He is the first Nigerian President in 30 years to tackle the Almajiri menace, by giving the children basic education. The Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas in Bonny, Rivers State was also established by President Jonathan.”
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