President Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP)
London - Barely two days to the
Presidential and National Assembly elections, supporters of President Goodluck
Jonathan in the UK have intensify their campaign for his re-election.
In London various support groups took their
campaign to Nigerian communities, restaurants and places of worship.
Though most of the campaigners did not intend to travel
to Nigeria to vote, NAN gathered that they were only drumming support for
Jonathan through Diaspora influence.
However, a large number of supporters from the
Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), The Concerned Nigerian Group,
among others have since returned home to cast their votes.
Speaking on the development, Mrs Tee Zuma the UK Coordinator
of the House 2 House Jonathan Support Group said the last minute campaign was
to encourage the Diaspora to participate indirectly in the process.
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"The Diaspora contributes immensely to the nation's GDP
through its annual remittances"
“Though majority cannot go home to perform their civic duty,
they can participate indirectly by encouraging their families and associates to
vote. By so doing, their voices will be heard" Zuma said.
She said the House 2 House support initiative was advocating
continuity in governance given Jonathan's achievements in key sectors of the
According to her, the present administration has remarkable
achievements in youth empowerment, wealth creation and education, especially in
the northern states where the Almajeri education has been modernised.
"If you look at rail transportation you will discover
that he has revamped the sector. President Jonathan has done a lot on roads,
power and healthcare.
"He is gender-sensitive and is the first to have so
many women in governance. For us to sustain all these achievements, the key is
continuity," she said.
In the same vein, Mr Tope Onifade, an executive member of
the House 2 House Group UK chapter said that "there no challenge for
Jonathan because his achievements are visible.
"Though many people in the Diaspora do not travel
to Nigeria often, they see and hear the success stories of Jonathan's
"We are in the era of social media and that has made
information more accessible," he said.
House 2 House Group founded by Hon.
Aminu Yakudima, has representation in all the state's of the federation as well
as Europe and U.S.