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2015: 17m Nigerians call on Jonathan to contest


October 18, 2014 | 6:35 pm
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Over 17 million Nigerians have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan to run for second term in the February 14, 2015 presidential poll, signatures collected by a non-governmental organisation, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), have shown.

Anyim Pius Anyim, secretary to government of the federation, disclosed this at the grand finale of TAN’s rally in Abuja at the weekend.

He said the signatures endorsing the president for a re-election in 2015 were collected from Nigerians across the country.

But contrary to reports in some sections of the media that the president would formally declare his ambition to contest the 2015 presidential race at the TAN rally, that did not materialise, as his vice, Namadi Sambo, who represented him at the event, said the president promised to respond to the call of Nigerians to contest soon.

He said the signatures so far collected have not only confirmed the popularity of the president, but have also demonstrated his acceptability across the country and beyond.

His words: “This initiative is in line with the tenets of democracy worldwide. It is another testimony that our democracy has taken firm root.

“TAN has not only succeeded in sensitising Nigerians, but also has been able to collect over 17 million signatures urging the president to contest for the 2015 presidential election.

“Let me assure you that the signatures so far collected would be presented to the president and I assure you it will receive adequate response in no distant future.”

Also speaking, Akwa-Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, declared that Jonathan had risen above the storm in spite of all distractions.

He argued that the president deserved a second term in office because he has performed well despite antics by detractors to pull him down.




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