By Gabriel EWEPU
ABUJA – AS more Nigerians call on President Goodluck Jonathan to contest in 2015 presidential election, ex-militants in the Niger Delta also have endorsed him for re-election.
Secretary, Third Phase Ex-militants, Comrade Tam Odogu, said the endorsement of Jonathan was not far-fetched, because of his proven achievements in various sectors of the economy , and thereafter, he was elected President in 2011, in spite of the grave challenges his administration had to contend with.
Odogwu, who is also the National Co-ordinator of ex-militants on Jonathan’s re-election in the Niger Delta, on behalf of his fellow ex-agitators, pledged support for Jonathan’s re-election if he declares his intention for the race.
His words, “We in Third Phase Amnesty want to let Nigerians understand that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria clearly states that an elected public officer has the constitutional right to seek re-election if he or she desires.
“We join our voices with other meaningful Nigerians urging Mr. President to contest in the 2015 presidential election, and urge him not to be distracted as we have unanimously endorsed him for the election.
“It is obvious for everyone to see what President Goodluck Jonathan has done in every sector of the economy through his administration’s transformation agenda.
“Let us forget the politics of blackmail and hatred as being expressed by some sections of the country, and be thoughtful about what Mr. President has been able to achieve in spite of all these challenges posed before him. He has made Nigerians to feel they have a President who listens and responds appropriately.
“We want to state that there was and is no nation in the world that their President or Prime Minister did not have challenges, and could solve it all despite their old democratic practice and experience.
“All Niger Delta ex-militants and every Niger Deltan, are fully behind Mr President come 2015, and nobody can stop him from completing his second term in office. I plead ex-militants and people in the region to ignore political deceivers who always use and dump them at the end.”