By Peter Okutu
Traditional rulers from Ebonyi South senatorial district has endorsed President, Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Martin Elechi for next year’s presidential and governorship elections.
They also enjoined the senatorial aspirant from the zone, Ude Ekumankam, to ensure that traditional rulers were carried along in the nation’s democratic agenda.
The monarchs, who held their end of year meeting at the Palace of the ruler of Nkpoghoro Autonomous community, Afikpo north council; Ezeogo Cletus Ekuma, said their decision to support President Jonathan and Elechi in 2011 was informed by the track records of the two leaders in office so far.
The monarchs pointed out that all that was needed was patience and support of the people to stabilize the polity.
In a resolution read by the monarch of Ugwulangwu Autonomous community, Eze Romanus Iyioku, the traditional rulers noted with happiness that within the short period of his stay in office as President, Dr. Jonathan had endeared himself to Nigerians by his humility, sense of responsibility and drive for super structural reforms.
According to him, “in less than one year, President Jonathan has repositioned the country’s petroleum sector and enhanced the economic base of the country.”
The traditional rulers pointed out that both the president and his vice, Namadi Sambo, have demonstrated a keen sense of patriotism and determination to unite the country for greatness.
Urging Nigerians and the people of Ebonyi State to support the two leaders in their aspiration, the traditional rulers noted that next year’s election would prove how determined Nigerians were to get things right.
They called on all eligible voters to go and get registered during the voters’ registration beginning next January.
Blessing the senatorial aspirant for Ebonyi South senatorial seat, Dr. Dennis Ude Ekumankam, the royal fathers prayed that he would go and make a difference in the senate, pointing out that legislators ought to be in constant touch with traditional rulers, especially when proposing sensitive laws that would impact on the lives of the people.
In their remarks after the meeting, Ebonyi State Commissioners for Information and Orientation as well as Education, Egwu Chima and Hyacinth Ikpor; commended the traditional rulers for their show of patriotism and efforts at engendering peace at the grass root.
They assured that campaigns would be without violence.