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Published On: Wed, Jan 7th, 2015

Ogun PDP assembly candidates condemn attack on Jonathan, declare support

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pdp logoFrom James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

The 26 House of assembly candidates of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for remaining calm in spite of the barrage of attacks coming from the opposition.

The candidates who described the president’s performance as the best so far in the history of the country, noted that if the President is reelected, he would perform better.

They vowed to work assiduously with the chairman, Organization and Mobilization Committee of South West of the party, Prince Buruji Kashamu, in securing victory for the party in Ogun State during the forthcoming general elections.

In a statement issued in Abeokuta and endorsed by Wale Alausa, Abdulfatah Agunleti, Bimbo Lanre-Balogun and Julianah Akintayo, among others, the PDP candidates applauded Jonathan’s investment in infrastructure, agriculture and employment generation in the last three and half years.

They also lauded Jonathan, the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for following due process in the selection and acceptance of the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the state, Prince Gboyega Isiaka.

They pointed out that the president meant well for the country, urging Nigerians to disregard the barrage of attacks against him and re-elect him in the February 14 presidential poll.

They pointed out that the total reconstruction and expansion of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as well as the rebuilding of the Sagamu-Benin-Ore expressway were commendable projects initiated by the president.

They also noted that thousands of young graduates have benefitted from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) while the president also facilitated the appointment of several indigenes of the state into federal positions, boards, parastatals and agencies.

The statement reads, “Since he was sworn-in in 2011, several projects were purposefully conceptualized to put smiles on faces of Nigerians without fear or favour.

“Apart from ensuring that South West, Ogun State in particular has its fair share in the scheme of things in Nigeria, Jonathan re-ignited our people’s hope by re-awarding contracts for reconstruction of major highways which had been in a state of disrepair for many years in our geopolitical zone.

“As a man with a vision to revive agriculture which was once our country’s mainstay, President Jonathan appointed an Ogun indigene, Akinwunmi Adesina, as Minister of Agriculture. And through him, fertilizers, mobile phones, credit facilities as well as conducive avenue were given and created for farmers to be able to export their produce.

“This forum salutes President Jonathan’s humility, perseverance and calmness in the face of barrage of attacks and shenanigans by the opposition. Rather, his respect and reverence for the rule of law has made the president to remain focused on delivering on his mandate and espouse good governance. As a statesman, he has refused to be dragged into needless confrontations capable of distracting his government.”

They said, “This has really shown that due process which our great party is known for, was followed in choosing him. This laudable step by PDP in Ogun State has bolstered the spirit of equity, justice and fairness in the state as Yewa-Awori zone has not produced a governor since 1976 when Ogun State was created.

“To this end, PDP has clearly demonstrated its love for Ogun west as the emergence of Isiaka as the party candidate has conferred a sense of belonging on the senatorial district” the group stated.

 

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