LAGOS – A coalition of South-West Youth Groups on Wednesday endorsed the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Jonathan had on Nov. 11, declared his intention to run for a second term on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Addressing a news conference in Lagos, the Coordinator of the Groups, Mr Babalola Medayedupin, explained that the endorsement was because of the president’s “transformation, developmental projects and stability of the country.
“Since our decision in 2011 to demonstrably support the election of Dr Goodluck Jonathan as president, the breath of fresh air in Nigeria is better for the decision.
“Jonathan’s administration has brought transformation in agriculture, power, infrastructure development, manufacturing, mining, regional peace and diplomacy, security, political stability and democratic sustainability.
“It is on this premise again that the coalition of South-West Youth Groups deems it fit to embrace continuity, sustainability, development that is informed by genuineness of purpose and transformation with human face”.
He urged Nigerians to support the president’s second term re-election bid.
“We support the unity, economic and political stability of Nigeria and we are ready to work for its sustainability.
“Our endorsement is based on his achievements and on-going programmes and projects as it touches the Nigerian youths through his numerous youth empowerment programmes,” he added.
Medayedupin dismissed the notion that the South-West was being marginalised under the Jonathan administration, saying that “it is the opinion of detractor politicians, especially from the South-West.
“Those who are complaining do not care about Nigeria. It is about the sharing formula to suit their personal interests that they are complaining about”.
Some of the organisations in the coalition are Ilaje National Alliance Movement(Ondo State), Progressive Youth Congress, Lagos Youth Movement, Women for Leadership Change (South-West) and Nigeria Women for Democratic Change. (NAN)
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