2015: Jonathan’s Support Group Takes Campaign To US As Aduda Defends PDP’s Endorsement Of Jonathan

2015: Jonathan’s Support Group Takes Campaign To US As Aduda Defends PDP’s Endorsement Of Jonathan
September 25 04:12 2014 Print This Article

jonathan-in-sokoto_fpA pro-Jonathan group, Goodluck Jonathan Leadership Centre has taken the campaign for the president’s re-election to the United States where it is mobilising Nigerians in that country to support his second term.

At a dinner organised by the Leadership Centre in New York Tuesday night, National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Funmi Omosule said the Diaspora campaign for the president has become necessary to dispel negative impression given by the opposition that the Jonathan administration has failed the country.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Philip Aduda representing the Federal Capital Territory who represented President Jonathan at the dinner, described the recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) sole candidate in the 2015 Presidential Elections as a global practice which gives credence to the numerous democratic achievements of the President.

He further insisted that there is nowhere in the world that a sitting president is denied his party’s ticket if he successfully ran his first term well despite the challenges of the office.

He said what PDP did by endorsing the president as its sole candidate was to give him the first right of refusal, which, according to him, Jonathan deserves having done very well for the country, especially in the area of infrastructure.

According to Aduda, “I want to also thank the PDP leadership, from the national working committee to the NEC as well as the BoT for deeming it fit to endorse Mr. President. It is a general practise the world over that no sitting president as in the case of President Jonathan that would be refused the ticket of the party. He is supposed to be given the first right of refusal, afterwards he can carry on and the party did the right thing in giving him this right of refusal by endorsing him.

“He has done very well for the country, especially in the area of infrastructure. Never has a president injected funds in the development of infrastructure like President Jonathan has done in the past few years. First, it was the privatisation of the power sector. What other past administration could not dare, the Jonathan administration dared it. The president ensured the unbundling of the PHCN and ensured that it was privatised, while the Transmission Company of Nigeria was also given on contract to be managed by Manitoba and a Canadian company to make sure that our transmission grid is taken care of.

“I want to thank you so much for this dinner. I will go back to Mr. President and tell him you are with him, you sent your support and that you are praying for him and that as we move towards the elections you wish him well”.

Aduda also appealed to the media to be always balance reports about the government in order not to create room for the opposition to mischievously project government in bad light.

“As much as possible, whatever the media writes is either against the system or it makes the system better. So, there must be a balancing act to ensure that nothing but the truth is reported in order that the image of our country is properly placed in the committee of nations”.

In his remarks, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Chief Ojo Madukwe who noted that good leadership should be celebrated said since 1999 Nigeria had moved progressively into the promised land.

He said, “But in every journey to the promised land, when a Moses commences, a Joshua completes. So, I believe that the progress we have made since 1999 shows that the leadership that a Moses provided to move us away from Egypt, take us through the land of the wilderness including tough decision that has to be taken because the journey through the wilderness is not a polite journey because of the tough decisions that has to be taken.

“A Joshua has now come to finally take us to the promised land, and that Joshua is President Goodluck Jonathan. We are not just sighting the promised land we are about entering into it. Extraordinary things are happening in the power sector. If with 4,000 mw we are already a leading economy in Africa and the demand profile is 40,000 megawatts you can imagine what will happen if we can have 40,000. It means under President Jonathan, the economy will be among the best in the world in the life time of even the older ones here.

“We shall see Nigeria move beyond being among the 20 economies in the world to one of the top in the world. So, I want to salute the courage and the wisdom for the organisation and the mobilisation of those in the US. This is not just another gathering to sell a man and say nice things about a man in the office and then when the person goes, it goes with him. The transformation agenda, the dynamics of Goodluck Jonathan is a subject matter for continuous reflection long after he has served the constitutional two terms of which he has a right to and we the party has unanimously endorsed”.

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