2015: TAN canvasses support for Jonathan in Anambra
•Obi, Orji, Iwuanyanwu others storm Awka
To all intents and purposes, the 2015 re-election race for President Goodluck Jonathan got underway yesterday in Awka where Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), launched a campaign ostensibly to herald his formal declaration.
The president himself is shy of publicly coming out to say so now apparently in view of the continued incarceration of the over 200 school girls abducted in April in Chibok,Borno State by Boko Haram.
But his men were at the rally in full force with his Special Adviser on Inter Party Affairs,Senator Ben Obi, declaring that his principal will consider his invitation to recontest.
Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, PDP bigwig Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Emeka Ihedioha,Power Minister Chinedu Nebo, immediate past governor of Anambra State,Peter Obi, Abia State governor, Theodore Orji and Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Oseloka Obaze, were among the crowd at the Ekwueme Square.
Obi asked Jonathan to declare his presidential ambition, promising that the people of South East geopolitical are solidly behind him.
Chief Iwuanyanwu, Orji and Representative Uche Ekwunife spoke in the same vein.
Power Minster Nebo said:”President Jonathan has ,through his policies, created a stable macro economic environment, best destination for foreign direct investment and a business environment with best return on investment.
“Our energy sector has been transformed, the privatisation process was adjudged by our foreign partners as simultaneous sequentiality and over 1000 engineers have been employed in the sector”, he said.
Chief Iwuanyanwu said Jonathan has done a lot for the Igbo people to deserve their support.
Anambra state governor chief Willie Obiano who spoke through Obaze said he was impressed by the turnout at the rally describing it as a sign of huge acceptance among the people.
Senator Ben Ndi Obi, the Special Adviser to Jonathan on Inter Party Affairs who stood in for the President thanked the members of TAN and the entire South East and assured them of government’s determination to build a better Nigeria .
He promised to consider their demand to seek re-election next year.
TAN is being co-ordinated by Chief Ifeanyi Uba,who sought to govern Anambra State on the platform of Labour Party in last year’s election in Anambra state.
The Pan-Northern group,Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Friday faulted the organization of such rallies across the nation at this time of insecurity across the land.
It said Nigeria is currently in no mood for such rallies.
“The present mood of the nation in the face of insecurity challenges of daily attacks on innocent souls by Boko Haram insurgents in the North, ritual killings in the West, kidnappings of prominent persons in the South South and armed robbery in the East and the sudden entry of Ebola virus into the country through one Mr. Sawyer calls for sober reflection, prayers and support to confront the challenges rather than the solidarity rally being planned by TAN,” ACF said in a statement in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim.
The statement came four days after the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) gave President Goodluck Jonathan uptill October to bring back the Chibok girls and stop Boko Haram or forget 2015.
The NEF said the military can defeat the Boko Haram terrorists – if, indeed, the government wants to subdue to sect,adding:”We are convinced that most of these conflicts are being engineered to weaken the North politically and economically by interests which intend to exploit such weaknesses for electoral benefits.”
The rallies tagged ‘Nigerians Demand’ will also be held subsequently in the other five geo-political zones of the country.
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