By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY â€” MINISTER of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godsday Orubebe, weekend, explained that the reason why leaders of the South South had resolved to support President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2011 presidential election was to fulfill the will of God.
According to him: â€œWe cannot do otherwise but to appeal to our brothers from the North to see reason with us because if the late President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua was alive, we all would haveÂ supported him for a second term and since he shares the same dream with President Jonathan, it is now imperative for us to support him for the 2011 presidency so as not to truncate the vision and mission of that ticket.â€
Orubebe spoke to newsmen in Benin City, during the 62nd birthday celebration of Senator Patrick Osakwe, representing Delta North Senatorial district of Delta State.
The event attracted leaders from the region. It was learnt that they all resolved to ensure that Jonathanâ€™s presidency becomes a reality in 2011.
Some of the leaders on the occasion included the first civilian Governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Dr Abel Guobadia, serving Senators from the zone and host of others.
Chief Orubebe, urgedÂ sons and daughters of the region to mobilise support for Jonathanâ€™s Presidency, which according to him had been ordained by God.
According to Orubebe, â€œthe entire people of the South South, irrespective of their political affiliations should support Jonathanâ€™s presidency so that the zone will not miss the golden opportunity. They should also reach out to their friends in other geo-political zones to ensure that he clinches the presidency.â€