Imo youths want Jonathan to declare 2015 presidential ambition
FOR two days, the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and his yet undeclared presidential ambition for 2015 elections received a massive boost in Imo State as youths from the 305 wards in the state, under the Aegis of Imo Grassroots for Goodluck Jonathan Organisation (IGGO) and another, Owerri Peoples Front (OPF) literally shut down the state capital their during their respective rallies held recently in Owerri
IGGO, during the rally, urged President Jonathan to stop be undecided and without further delay declare his interest to re-contest 2015, stressing that he remains the best candidate.
The rally, which was the first for Jonathan by any group in Imo State, saw the youths in a road walk from Prefab-Egbu Road to Fire Service, through Wetheral Road and the Government House roundabout.
The youths, numbering over 4,000, engaged in a prayer session to God to make Jonathan accept their plea to run in 2015.
From the Government House roundabout, they proceeded to the State PDP Secretariat along Okigwe Road to register their demand for the President to run and were received by the State Secretary of the party, Chief George Egu and State Woman Leader, Nkechi Mbonu.
Presenting the demand of the youths, the National Co-ordinator of IGGO, Sam Otuibe, enumerated some of the achievements of the President upon which they premised their demand that he should run.
According to Otuibe, Jonathan’s achievements include, improved electricity supply, appointment of indigenes of the State into strategic positions, commencement of work on the Second Niger Bridge and allowing votes to count in the governorship elections that took place Edo, Ondo and Anambra states.
Others, according to him, were signing of the Freedom of Information Bill into law, political tolerance in the face of ‘unwarranted’ attacks by the opposition and signing of the Anti-gay bill into law, among others.
Addressing the youths, both George and Mbonu expressed their delight on IGGO’s support for the President and the call to declare for 2015 elections. Mbonu said Jonathan has remarkably delivered on his Transformation Agenda, he therefore urged the youths to sustain the support.
The Woman leader used the occasion to thank Jonathan for achieving the 35 per cent affirmation for women.
During the Road Work, the youth armed themselves with different the Road banners and placards with inscriptions asking Jonathan to declare for 2015 whilst assuring him of the total support of Imo youths.
OPF members and invited dignitaries converged on the popular Ugwu Ekwema Arena, along Egbu Road, Owerri, to show their solidarity and make the demand for Jonathan to re-contest in 2015.
The gathering also demanded that Owerri Zone should produce the State’s next governor in 2015. During the occasion a booklet “50 Reasons Why Owerri Zone Must Produce Imo Governor in 2015.” was launched.
Eminent members of the PDP were present at the occasion. They include Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, represented by Humphrey Amadi; the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Nkemakolam Ihedioha, represented by his Special Assistant, Political Affairs, Chief Emma Dike, and a former Minister for Management Services during the defunct Interim National Government, Chief Innocent D. Nwoga as well as the leader of OPF, Ebere Chukwuemeka. in 2015.
They all emphasised the need for the Charter of Equity, as agreed by Imo people, to be maintained and ensure that the present governor of the state, Chief Rocahs Okorocha, from Orlu zone, is not re-elected to make way for an Owerri man to take over in 2015.
According to Ihedioha and Iwuanyanwu, “Owerri people who are the landlords of the State capital, should not always be visitors to the Government House.”
The zone, which comprised nine local councils – Owerri Metropolis, Owerri North, Owerri West, Mbaitoli, Ikeduru, Aboh Mbaise, Ezinihitte Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ngor Opkala – according to them, should not be disregarded in the political equation anymore.
They maintained that since the current political dispensation in the country, the level of marginalisation of people of the zone was unprecedented. “Today is the turn of Owerri people,” they said.
Earlier, both Nwoga and the leader of the group, Chukwuemeka, opined that the struggle should not be abandoned, stating that they had strong support to actualise their aspiration.