Former vice-president and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar (L) casts his vote during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
London - The UK chapter of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has successfully mobilised tens of thousands of Nigerians to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, its Coordinator, Mr Christian Udechukwu, said.
Udechukwu stated this on Monday in London during a visit to the Nigerian High Commission.
He told the High Commissioner, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, that the nation's diaspora in the UK had resolved to support the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan in view of his administration's score card.
According to him, the present administration has recorded unprecedented achievements in all sectors of the economy with tangible results in infrastructure development, among others.
To this end, Udechukwu said, TAN UK, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), sought to mobilise support for Jonathan's re-election.
He said "this is the first administration in recent time to broaden the accessibility of international travel with direct flights to many airports in the country.
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"It is also the first government to maintain stability in oil pump price, thereby mitigating the effect of fuel cost on Nigerians, the recent N10 pump price reduction is an evidence to that fact.
"In the area of education, this administration has modernised the Almajiri education and improved welfare schemes.’’
The TAN coordinator also listed achievements in the power and rail transportation sectors as plus to the Jonathan's administration.
He noted that all these achievements informed the decision of the diaspora to vote Jonathan for continuity and stability in governance.
He added that "Nigerians abroad are mobilising their families and associates in the country to vote the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
"Continuity and stability remain key to good governance and progress.’’
In the same vein, Tafida, who lauded the TAN initiative, urged members to continue to sensitise Nigerians on Jonathan’s achievements, especially those eligible to vote.
The High Commissioner, who also served as Jonathan's Campaign Director General in 2011, admitted that the task of mobilising Nigerians to vote PDP was achievable, and urged TAN to "make it happen."
While answering questions from members on diaspora voting, Tafida said the issue was a constitutional one which was being addressed at the appropriate quarters.
The membership of TAN UK is drawn from the PDP, and various ethnic and professional associations.