2015: Group insists Jonathan remains the most credible candidate
A sociopolitical group under the sponsorship of Presidential View are of the opinion that the Osun State election that held on Saturday which reinstated Governor Rauf Aregbesola, has increased the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.
The group went further to say that the victory of the governor, which was geared on his personality and performance in the state in the past four years had given those pushing for President Jonathan’s re-election in the fourth coming election hope that nobody will be able to overthrow the president, given that he is the most credible and suitable personality in the country’s presidential race at the moment.
During a media briefing by the National Executive members yesterday in Abuja, the body opined that since it was Aregbesola’s personality and presentation that stood him out among other contestants, there was no cause to worry over President Jonathan’s re-election in 2015.
Chibuzor Chinweuba, the National Chairman of the body, who spoke on behalf of his members, said the President has done excellently well to merit re-election.
He said; “The outcome of Osun governorship election which showed that rather than party, the people were for personality and achievements of those involved in the contest, has boosted the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan.”
“Since the people of Osun State, in the last Saturday’s governorship election, have told other Nigerians, through their actions that personality and achievements of contestants are what matter, President Jonathan can now be assured of his re-election victory, given that no contestant in presidential election can stand the president now,” he added.
Chinweuba detailed Jonathan’s achievements in the last four years to include privatisation of the redundant Power Holding Company of Nigeria,PHCN, availability of fuel at petrol stations, increasing job creation, road and railway constructions, infrastructural developments in educational and health sectors among others. He admonished the President to accept the clarion call to re-contest, maintaining that majority of the citizens were in his favour.
He further advised good-hearted Nigerians not to just support the president’s government but to also give their backing. He added that the current security challenges were not candid reasons to deny the president his legitimate mandate to seek a second term in office, since according to him; the development was a global problem.
He however linked the security challenge to past leaders whom he said, if they had done a lot like the current president, Nigeria would not have been witnessing the present uprising. He also attributed the failure of the Nigerian military in defeating Boko Haram to what he called ‘”external influence” the insurgents were enjoying.
He said the Boko Haram insurgency in the country was because of 2015 election, saying some politicians in the country had thought the only way they could realize their dreams of ruling the country was to create the dreaded Boko Haram so as not only to undermine the country but to bring Jonathan administration to disrepute.