Muyiwa Bamidele with Agency Reports
A former National Chairman of ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmadu Ali, has said Nigeria would remain united and prosperous in spite of security challenges confronting the country.
Amodu Ali stated this at a national summit of more than 7,000 groups under the aegis of Goodluck Support Groups, GSG, organised by the National Coordinator, Rufai Ahmed.
He used the occasion extolled the leadership quality of President Goodluck Jonathan and highlighted the benefits the populace had enjoyed under the leadership.
“In spite of evil machinations, Nigeria has remained undivided; we shall remain one and `we dey kampe’ and the Jonathan administration has provided meaningful, feasible ideas to sustain democracy.
“He has invested in the youth and developed national consciousness among them. The nation’s GDP has risen from 169 billion dollars in 2013 to 283 billion dollars today.
“Food importation has reduced from trillions to the region of hundreds of thousands of dollars; Nigeria is the number one destination for foreign direct investment in Africa; our oil is witnessing a projection.
“Come rain, as it has fallen now or come sunshine, we stand behind Goodluck.’’
Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom while canvassing for re election bid of President Jonathan said “everyone keeps saying I’ve performed well and that there is uncommon transformation in my state. I didn’t do it in a tenure; I am in my second tenure.
“For Nigeria’s total transformation, one tenure is not enough. He has put measures in place to stop gas flaring, decided to address the problem of the north-east by building schools for almajiri.
“He has been the most distracted but the most focused president; has faced Ebola squarely and made Nigeria the biggest economy in Africa,’’ Mr. Akpabio said.
The convener, who is also the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, said the rally was a platform to “create synergy and an interface among all GSG to strengthen our bonds of unity.
“In spite of our challenges, our bond remains unshaken. I commend you all and your presence on the social media, print, airwaves and other platforms has not gone unnoticed’’.
Mr. Ahmed, who also read out the communique after the event, said the GSGs resolved that the president had performed well to the satisfaction of Nigerians and in the interest of citizens, should return in 2015.
“He should step forward and contest in 2015. The PDP should nominate him for the presidential elections and as leaders, we endorse him for the presidential elections.
“This is signed by the leaders of the more than 7,000 groups.’’