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Presidency Claims Jonathan Support Groups Climb to 8,000

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Ahead of the 2015 general election, the presidency yesterday claimed that 8,000 groups were now championing the aspiration of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, said this yesterday when the special committee set up to restructure the Goodluck Support Group (GSG), led by Gen. Adamu Ibrahim, submitted its report.

Alkali said: “The preliminary observation from the report of the team is that contrary to our earlier position that there were about 3, 000 groups rooting for Mr. President, we now have more than 7, 000 (Seven thousand) Support Groups nationwide all calling on Presaident Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to declare for the presidential race.

“Indeed, initially we printed 5,000 forms that were distributed to the NGOs and other Support Groups but the forms soon ran out and we had to print additional 2,000. As I am speaking to you now, we have at least another one thousand (1,000) groups demanding to be screened.”

The special adviser further said that “with the report of the Screening and Evaluation Committee now submitted to us we are going to the next level, that is to say, we shall undertake content analysis of the reports with a view to properly positioning the various support groups for the challenges of the 2015 general election.

“We want to assure every support group irrespective of their sizes, from two-man group to 20 million-man group that they are all important to us and we shall carry them along.”

He however appealed to the group to start the “process of stepping down the structure and operations of their organisations to the zonal, state, local government areas, up to the ward level. They should mobilise men, women and youths for the great task ahead.”

The Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim, said they would work to ensure a landslide victory for President Jonathan.

He noted that there is a vibrant opposition, which will make the 2015 elections different from others, adding that they will ensure that President Jonathan emerged in 2015.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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