2015 is here: 33 leaders endorse Goodluck Jonathan for second term

by Stanley Azuakola

Better believe it, politicking for 2015 has well and truly begun.

Last week it was South-East leaders endorsing the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan for 2015, this week the endorsers are from the South-south geopolitical zone. They met yesterday in Effurun, Delta State, under the aegis of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA) and agreed to endorse Jonathan to run for a second term in 2015.

The man who led the charge, and made the call for the leaders to endorse the Jonathan candidacy was —no surprises there— Chief Edwin Clark. To his call, the echo from every single person present, was a resounding ‘yes.’

Clark, who was the convener of the meeting, berated northern political leaders for their undue antagonism to the south-south, ever since since  President Jonathan assumed office in 2011. As he usually does nowadays, he specifically mentioned some leaders of the north, like Alhaji Lawal Kaita, who he said threatened prior to the 2011 elections that unless a northerner emerged as president, they would make  the country ungovernable, adding that these leaders have also recently threatened that except a northerner succeeds Jonathan, there would be “no Nigeria.”

He charged them to rise above sectional interests as their threats were fuelling the Boko Haram insurgency. Clark said that the North was doing everything possible to shut down the South-South hence they were calling for the abrogation of the 2004 Act which ended the onshore/offshore dichotomy so as to cripple the South-South region.

For the records, these are the names of the other men who endorsed Jonathan for a second term at the meeting:

1. First civilian Governor of Edo State and National Chairman of the Assembly, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

2. Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyesegha

3. Former Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro.

4. Chief Whip, Sen. Roland Owie

5. Senator Lee Maeba

6. Senator Tara Sikibo

7. Former Minister of Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi

8. Senator Francis Osakwe

9. Senator Cairo Ojugbo

10. Prof. Saliba Mukoro

11. Senator Francis Nwajie

12. Environmental activist, Annkio-Briggs

13. Mrs. Monica Akiri

14. Dr. Brown Adasan

15. SSPA National Secretary, Whiskey Ayakeme

16. Chief Francis Dongbonlagha

17. Gen. Anthony Etukudor (rtd)

18. Chief Isaac Jemide

19. Prof Solomon Okobia

20. Brig-Gen Idada Ikponmwen (rtd)

21.  Julius Okojie

22.  K.B Omatseye

23. Chief Godwin Ogbetuo

24. Chief Moses Odibo

25. Chief Lucky Esigie

26. Chief Samson Mamamu

27. Adora Giwa-Amu.

28. First civilian Governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru

29. Ex-Military Administrator, Air-Commodore Idongesit Nkanga

30. Senator Francis Spanner Okpozo

31. Former Chief Whip, Mrs. Stella Omu

32. Former Minister of Information, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire.

33. Governor of Delta State Emmanuel Uduaghan

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