Our commitment is to change Nigeria’s future, says Jonathan in Owerri
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has pledged the commitment of his administration to change the future of Nigeria for the better if elected into office in February presidential elections.
Addressing a large crowd that received him at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on Saturday evening, Jonathan, accompanied by his wife, Dame Patience, the Vice President, Namani Sambo, the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party Deputy (PDP), Adamu Muazu, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Imo PDP governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, the governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, among others said: “We are committed to change the future of this country” urging Nigerians to give him their unflinching support to be re- elected president to projecting the country positively to take its place in the comity of great nations of the world.
Paying glowing tribute to Nigerian celebrities in the football and entertainment including Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Emmanuel Amunike, ex- international, the late Sam Okwaraji among others , Jonathan also disclosed that the Federal Government had floated the U-WIN programme and other employment-generating ventures, stressing that as one who came from grassroots background, he knew what to do for Nigerians in that category and others.
The president who said he was elated by the support given to him, his wife and members of his entourage promised that power and commercial agricultural projects would be given a boost in the state.
He said special efforts would be made to encourage young Nigerians to embrace productive endevours and become employers of labour, urging Imo people to hook-up to the Jonathan-led Federal Government to enjoy more.
He also used the opportunity to tell his audience that the Owerri/ Port Harcourt / Elele Road, school projects through the Universal Basic Education Commission were going on and would be completed by the second-term Jonathan administration .
The president’s wife, Dame Patience, who spoke in Igbo, urged women in the state to appreciate the President’s effort in appointing about 15 women into key and sensitive positions in his cabinet.
She asked them to see Jonathan as their in-law and cast their votes for him as the PDP is “Promise made and promise fulfilled”.
On his part, Ihedioha lamented the ills that have bedeviled the present government of Rochas Okorocha in Imo State in the last three and half years, promising to make Imo people smile if elected in February polls.
Imo people he said will give Jonathan 100 per cent votes next month more than in the 2011 elections even as he urged them to vote Jonathan for President, himself for Governor and other PDP candidates in various political office.
Others who spoke at the event include Mu’azu who urged Imo people to share in the success story of Jonathan administration , Dr. Ahmadu Ali, the PDP National Woman Leader, Dr. Kema Chikwe, former Imo State governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, a former Imo State chairman of the all Progressives Congress (APC), Marshal Okorafor- Anyanwu and Imo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie, among others.