2015: PDP chief drums support for Jonathan



As Nigerians await a word from President Goodluck Jonathan  on whether  or not he would contest the 2015 presidential election, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Anambra State, Chief Kodilichukwu Okelekwe, has said the president deserves a second term because of his achievements in the past three years.
Okelekwe, who is a senatorial aspirant for Anambra Central Senatorial District, in an interview, said the present administration under President Jonathan, had touched virtually every area of the nation’s economy  and as such deserved to be re-elected in next year’s election.
Besides, he said the President’s ability to successfully keep the country together against all odds was one achievement Nigerians should not ignore.
His words: “The economy has fared very well. Today, Nigeria is the 25th largest economy in the world and the biggest in Africa, overtaking South Africa by the size of GDP as a result of rebasing the economy.  In spite of  the security challenges,  foreign investors are  coming  and still investing. In  the area of education, he has done well. We may not be there yet, but he has created impact in the area of education. Every state now has a federal university. He has created more opportunities for those who want to go to school.
“Enugu-Onitsha Expressway is being overhauled,  the Second Niger Bridge has been flagged off  and is being done and Enugu Airport  has been remodelled and made an international airport. So, the president has done something.
“But that does not mean there is no room for improvement. The first thing is to appreciate him for what he has done and encourage him to do more.” For me, he deserves a second term.”
The senatorial aspirant noted that a lot of people were quick to point to the security challenges confronting the nation, pointing out that it was not  Jonathan’s making. He told critics that the President inherited the problem and had been very proactive in tackling it.
Okelekwe, while maintaining  that some of the security challenges plaguing the nation at the  moment were orchestrated, stated  that the Boko Haram insurgency  in the country could have been worse, if not for the deft moves by the  present administration to contain it.
“The security challenges we are have today , is not President Jonathan making. He inherited them. And  he has been managing it and he has been proactive about it. He has kept this country as one in spite of obvious and unwarranted provocations from here and there.  Part of what is happening now is orchestrated.  I don’t need  to refer  you of those threats in 2011, those threats of making  the country ungovernable and what have you,” he said.
Okelekwe expressed optimism that  Boko Haram and other ills bedevilling the country will be defeated and urged Nigerians to continue to support the Jonathan administration.


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