By Ali Abare Abubakar
Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, over 20 groups from the South West have agreed to come together under the same umbrella to assiduously work towards the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The group which agreed to operate under the name Yoruba Coalition for Jonathan came into existence through the efforts of the Yoruba Associates of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau (YAMIS), the Minister for Education and former governor of Kano state.
According to a press statement issued to journalists yesterday in Abuja, following a meeting held at Mapo Hall in Ibadan, Oyo state last Thursday, the group after much deliberation elected Chief Sola Familusi as president general, Otumba Gbenga Ogundare, deputy president and Chief Olu Folorunso as national coordinator.
Speaking at the occasion, newly elected president general, Chief Sola Familusi, commended the Minister of Education, Mallam Shekarau for making the amalgamation possible while also commending Yoruba elders who he said, provided wise counsel on why Jonathan is the best for 2015 and reasons why Yoruba sons and daughters should support him.
He enumerated several reasons why the groups have mutually agreed to work together under a multiparty platform to include; the rehabilitation and construction of railways across the country, massive roads construction in the South West, facilitation of the largest private refinery in West Africa to Ondo, among others.
According to the release, some of the groups that agreed to work together to realize the re-election of Jonathan include; Yoruba Awareness Forum, Yoruba Solidarity Network, Yoruba Progressive Students Union and Mimiko Vanguards among others.