Sam Nwaoko - Ado-Ekiti and Hassan Ibrahim - Kaduna
WOMEN in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the aegis of Coalition 2015, have held a rally to garner support for President Goodluck Jonathan, urging him to contest for the presidency next year.
The event which held at the PDP secretariat in Ado Ekiti, at the weekend, saw a gathering of PDP women from the South-West, to galvanise support for President Jonathan, and also to charge the womenfolk in the state, to support the PDP in the coming general election.
Addressing the women on the occasion, the South-West Women Leader of the group, Bolajoko Oriire Olapeju, said the efforts of President Jonathan since he assumed office in 2010 “as the President of this great country has gone to prove that he eminently deserves a second term of office and he deserves our support.”
She described Coalition 2015 as “a pressure group driven by the desire to join the teeming groups to support the reelection of President Jonathan in flying PDP’s flag in the 2015 general election.”
According to her, “the good works of the president is felt all over the country in spite of the activities of the enemies of progress,” and added that the group was in Ekiti to “enlist your support in this crusade so as to ensure victory for our president and our great party.”
Also speaking on the occasion, the Ekiti State Women Leader of the group, Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Orubuloye, said the women had gathered from the 16 local government areas of the state, for the launch of the group, saying they were “resolute in their support for another term for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.”
She said the group’s activities cut across party lines because “President Jonathan’s good works cut across party lines and has impacted positively on all and sundry.”
She said “women must not be deceived and they must not allow themselves to be deceived because the president has done very well for Nigerians and especially the Nigerian women.”
...Gets Northwest endorsement
CHIEFTAINS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North-West zone have unanimously adopted President Goodluck Jonathan for the presidential election in 2015.
The decision was reached on Sunday in Kaduna, at a meeting of the party’s stakeholders from the Northwest zone, with Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo and the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mua’azu,among prominent party members, in attendance.
The chieftains said the decision to endorse Jonathan, was based on “stable progress of the nation.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali read the communiqué which said that, “stakeholders of the PDP in the North-West zone having in mind the monumental strides attained by the Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration, have resolved to urge him to declare for the Presidency in the forthcoming 2015 general election so as to continue the good work he has started in nation building.
“We ask for nothing less. Consequently, we respectfully call on the national chairman of our party to convey this resolution and unanimous declaration of the entire leadership and membership of the PDP in the North-West zone to President Goodluck Jonathan, to surrender himself for continuous service to the nation.
“The just concluded national conference has further proven the impartiality and non-interfering nature of Mr President.
“It is a sign of good things to come as delegates were allowed to freely express themselves and resolve key national issues to the admiration of the nation.
“The report when implemented will go a long way in enhancing the bond of unity and give purposeful direction to the country.
“We commend the courage of this administration in taking the bull by the horn in its efforts at combating the wave of insurgency in the north.
“The PDP has remained the party to beat. Under the able leadership of President Jonathan, Nigeria has recorded landmark achievements spanning all sectors of the economy.”
However, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and his Katsina State counterpart, Ibrahim Shema were not in attendance at the meeting.