By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche has told opposition parties in the country interested in the presidency to go and campaign to the people for votes instead of doing their campaigns on the pages of newspapers alone.
Nwuche, who is the Deputy Coordinator of Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organization for South South geographical zone, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been working by going from one state to the other to solicit the votes of Nigerians of voting age.
According to him, the campaign organization was interested in electing the right candidates that would remove the country from the economic doldrums and make life better for ordinary Nigerians.
He commended the efforts of the support groups towards the realization of Jonathan’s ambition in the 2011 presidential election, assuring that all those who identified with this project would benefit enormously as employment opportunities would be created for the unemployed youths, the fluctuating power situation in the country addressed, security of the lives and property of all Nigerians guaranteed irrespective of where they find themselves within the shores of Nigeria among others.
His words: “Nigerians have suffered long enough. We have suffered in the midst of plenty. Poverty has become the norm in the midst of plenty. We have had a past that was wasted. Some of them that wasted the past wanted to try again, but they did not make it.
“What Nigerians are asking for now is equity and justice and that they are ready to express with their voters’ cards. This is our road-map to the future. So, our opponents should stop complaining” Nwuche said.
He enthused that the Jonathan/Sambo administration would build a Nigeria where the benefit will be for all not for very few people, adding that the administration will deliver justice and be focused.
He also appealed to political parties and their candidates to go out and talk to Nigerians as winning elections is all about numbers.
Meanwhile over 40 youth support groups in the state have declared their readiness to ensure the success of President Goodluck Jonathan and Namadi Sambo at the polls.
The groups declared their support for President Jonathan and Vice-President Sambo when they converged at the Goodluck/Sambo South-South Campaign Organization Secretariat, to take stock of how far they have gone and how to strategize for the main election.
They said their support for President Jonathan and Sambo was borne out of the need to enthrone credible people in the saddle of the country’s leadership so as to address the vexed issue of underdevelopment occasioned by corruption and visionless leadership of the past.
One of the spokespersons for the support groups, and Coordinator of Women Support Initiative, Mrs. Hannah Bassey said their support for the duo was informed by the need for the country to give birth to a new Nigeria where the political interest and rights of the women would be protected.
“We want to put to bed a new Nigeria. With the promise of 35 percent affirmation, we are 100 percent for Jonathan even in the villages he has become a household name. This is the time for change and positive change”, Bassey said.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of the Youths Vanguard for Goodluck/Sambo, Chief P.U.Idagba noted that their support was in appreciation of the good works and appreciable performance of President Jonathan within the short periodof his stint at the presidency and therefore needs to be supported and encouraged to do more for the country.
The youths brandished their voter’s registration cards to buttress their commitment to the Jonathan/Sambo project and urged those who were yet to register to get themselves registered so that they wouldmay qualify to vote in the forth-coming elections.