By Tony Edike
ENUGU — The pro-Jonathan organisation, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, weekend, said that it would not be deterred by any form of legal obstacle in her on-going nationwide rallies to market President Goodluck Jonathan and his achievements in the last four years.
TAN said that the rally and road-shows already held in the three geo-political zones of the southern Nigeria would by next Saturday move to Minna, Niger State.
The founder and national coordinator of TAN, Dr. Ifeanyi Uba, made this known in Enugu during the inauguration of TAN executives in the three senatorial zones, 17 local government areas and 260 wards of Enugu State.
Uba, who was the governorship aspirant of Labour Party in the November 16, 2013 Anambra governorship election, stated that Enugu had braced the tape as the first state in the country to establish state structures for TAN, and commended the state coordinator, Chief Anayo Onwuegbu (Omeiheikwu) and the facilitator, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu for their untiring efforts.
The TAN national coordinator, who was represented by Chief Ben Etiaba, insisted that as a non-governmental and non-political organisation, TAN was not campaigning, but merely drumming support for the Federal Government led by President Jonathan with a view to highlighting the achievements of the administration, adding that TAN will enter the campaign stage at the appropriate time in line with INEC regulations.
“Jonathan has done a lot in health, finance, agriculture and the oil sector. The reason TAN came to be was that the visioner (Uba) saw that this president was being pummeled, getting a bad press.
“Please, I want to, at this point, thank the media for supporting us; because before TAN came on board, it was as though there was a conspiracy against the President in the media. But TAN has somehow managed to turn it around, we are so grateful to the media.”
Earlier, the state coordinator of TAN, Engr. Onwuegbu said that the entire South East had fared better under President Jonathan’s administration more than any other in the past.
He listed the construction of Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, award of contract for construction of Second Niger Bridge at Onitsha, reconstruction of Enugu-Port-Harcourt and Enugu-Onitsha expressway, the inland Port at Onitsha, appointment of Onyeabor Ihejirika the first Chief of Army Staff from the zone after the civil war and state burial for late Odumegwu Ojukwu, among other things, as the highlight of Jonathan’s achievement in the zone.
“TAN is a non-governmental, non-political organisation, whose mandate is to package and tell the world what the government of Jonathan has achieved within the past four years, the main objective is to return President Jonathan back to Aso Rock,” he said.
Highlight of the occasion was presentation of three fresh registers containing 85, 000 signatures and phone numbers of people that endorsed President Jonathan for the second term in office and submitted by the coordinators at the zonal level including; Hon. Frank Anioma for Enugu East (30, 000), Ozor Okey Ozoani for Enugu West (25, 000) and Frank Oloto for Enugu North (30, 000)