Ebola threat: Supporters defy Jonathan on directive

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Aug 24th, 2014
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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s August 8th directive that political groups should stay action on rallies as part of the strategy to contain the spread of Ebola in the country does not appear to hold water even among his supporters.

For the second week running, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), which is campaigning for a second term for him, yesterday held a rally in Ibadan on why he ought to go for re-election next year.

The president had, while spelling out measures to contain Ebola, asked religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, associations and other bodies to “in the meantime, discourage gatherings and activities that may unwittingly promote close contact with infected persons or place others at risk.”

Following the directive, many religious bodies have had to scale down their programmes which ordinarily should have drawn thousands of people.

Like the TAN maiden rally in Awka, Anambra State penultimate Saturday, the Ibadan gathering drew a large number of PDP chieftains.

Among these were Chief Olabode George, former governor of Oyo Statýe, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President, Dr Doyin Okupe, House of Reps leader,  Mulikat Adeola-Akande, Deputy Chief Whip Senate, Hosea Agboola, Chief of Staff to the President, Brig-Gen James Arogboofa (rtd), Minister for Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina and Otunba  Iyiola Omisore.

Also in attendance were  Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji  Abduljelili Adesiyan, Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Special Adviser to President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, Senator  Ayo Adeseun, former Senate Leader  Teslim Folarin and  former Speaker, House of Representatives,  Dimeji Bankole.

The Director of Research of TAN, Mr. Kunle Fagbemi, said at the rally that similar ones are to follow in Southsouth, Northwest, Northeast and Northcentral.

He said the organisation was formed to ensure   the continuation of the transformation agenda of President Jonathan.

Akande-Adeola, George, Oloye Akinjide, Adesina, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Kingsley Kuku, all urged President Jonathan to re-contest in 2015ý with  a view to continuing  his transformation of the country.

They appealed to the Southwest people to rally their support for President Jonathan to be re-elected in 2015 in order to achieve memorable transformation in the region.

President Jonathan was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim.

He thanked the people of Southwest for their unflinching support and promised never to disappoint them.

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