Abuja - Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa
Ibom said the continuation of President Goodluck Jonathan in office
in 2015 would ensure the delivery of more dividends of democracy to
He stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during the formal
declaration of President Jonathan to contest the presidency in 2015.
Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors
Forum, said the governors supported President Jonathan for a second
term because of his achievements in the past three years.
“We went down and we saw the dams and the irrigation
projects in the north; we saw what you are doing in the railway system.
"We noticed your efforts at empowering farmers; we took
cognisance of your efforts in the power sector; we looked at the many roads that
you have done across Nigeria.
“After taking cognisance of your efforts, we resolved
that we are not going to contest against you.
"We are not going to show any interest in the presidency;
that we must give you a second term in office for you to complete your good
works,’’ he said.
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According to him, the governors are confident that
President Jonathan would consolidate on his achievements and continue
transforming Nigeria if given a second term.
Akpabio, however, reminded President Jonathan that the battle
ahead was a difficult one, adding that the route to 2015 would not be smooth,
but assured that he would triumph at the end.
"Victory belongs to all of us; victory remains that of
PDP; we will never be intimidated; we will not be
intimidated; do not be intimidated; we are behind you.
"Those who are behind you are more than those who are
against you. In 2015 all Nigerians are going to tell you that we are behind
you,’’ Akpabio said.
He described President Jonathan as the biblical David,
saying that ``you are fighting all the wars today so that future Nigerian
presidents will have peace’’.
Gov. Akpabio noted that Jonathan had taken the right step by
establishing the Almajirai schools, particularly in Northern Nigeria and
other schools in the South.
This step, he said, would ensure the education of Nigerian
children and that they were not misled into terrorism and acts insurgency in
He added that PDP governors were against terror, enemies of
progress, propaganda, and blackmail.
Akpabio described members of the opposition as selfish
politicians who had nothing to offer Nigerians and should therefore not be
allowed to take over the Federal Government in 2015.
"We cannot hand over our future to people who are
blackmailers and propagandists,” Akpbio said.
He, however, expressed optimism that the PDP would win at
least 30 states in 2015, adding that it would reclaim states it lost to the All
Progressives Congress (APC).
Meanwhile, Alhaji Haliru Mohammed, Chairman of the
Presidential Declaration Committee, in his welcome speech, said that Nigerians
wanted President Jonathan back in 2015 because of his antecedent in
The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, said Jonathan`s
achievements in his transformation agenda had endeared him to Nigerians,
adding that the people wanted him back because they believed in him.
Square, venue of the declaration, turned to a carnival ground as different
musicians took time to entertain the large crowd.
The crowd comprised over 700 pro-Jonathan support groups,
market women, members of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and
members of the diplomatic corps.
Petty traders also used the opportunity of the large crowd
to make brisk businesses while security operatives had a herculean
task to ensure orderliness at the venue.