10 Creditable Reasons Why Nigerians Should Re-elect President Jonathan In 2015

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True to this statement, the average Nigerian

has been indifferent or lukewarm towards

political power and consequently, the political

elites have dominated power since

independence. As the 2015 elections draw

nearer, I have studied the unfolding

dynamics and permutations, my conclusion

is that all factors considered, it is in the best

interest of Nigeria to re-elect President

Jonathan for another four years. I have

summarized my reasons below.


My first reason is that Nigeria has recorded

remarkable economic growth under

President Jonathan. Only two Months ago,

Nigeria overtook South Africa as the

continent’s largest economy after it

overhauled its gross domestic product data

for the first time in more than two decades.

According to verifiable figures for 2013,

released by Nigeria’s statistics bureau,

Nigeria’s GDP hit $503bn (£307bn) – nearly

double previous estimates and well ahead of

South Africa at around $350bn.

This pushed Nigeria up 12 places to become

the 24th largest economy in the world – on

par with Poland and Belgium and ahead of

Argentina, Austria and Iran. This is a huge

achievement. This development was not

achieved overnight. It was a result of the

direct dynamic approach of the President in

terms of greater investment in

entrepreneurship and private sector

participation.

My second reason is that President Jonathan

has recorded significant improvements in the

power sector, backed up with greater roads

and infrastructural development. The bold

privatization of the defunct NEPA paved way

for improved power supply in Nigeria. Most

Nigerians can confirm that although we do

not have power supply round the clock,

however there has been a commendable

improvement. There has been also greater

road rehabilitation in Nigeria like the Lagos-

Benin Road, the ongoing second Niger bridge

etc. This government has also commissioned

many new schools especially in the north of

Nigeria aimed at bringing education to the

door steps of the commoners.

Thirdly this administration has pursued a

robust foreign policy since inception. Nigeria

which previously lagged behind in the comity

of nations, has now assumed her rightful

position as a leader in the international

community. The recent successful hosting of

the World economic summit is a testament

to this. Nigeria under President Jonathan has

been a dynamic force in Africa and beyond.

Nigeria has been leading the peacemaking

initiatives in the West African sub region, with

our troops deployed in Mali, Liberia and

beyond. Nigeria’s partnerships with our

international allies like the UK, US and France

have deepened and improved under the

Jonathan led administration.

The number four reason is the need for

continuity and stability in our democracy.

Having made tremendous progress as

discussed above, there is an important need

for continuity in order to sustain these

achievements. We cannot afford to start

afresh all over again. What is needed is a

sustained initiative and a planned change of

government after another four years.

Another important reason Jonathan should

continue is that he is a democrat in all

ramifications. Even some elements of the

opposition attest to the democratic

disposition of the President. President

Jonathan’s tolerance of the opposition is

unprecedented in the annals of Nigeria. In the

first republic, the leader of the opposition

Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his supporters

were harassed and imprisoned. In the

second republic, the ruling NPN allegedly tried

to intimidate and capture all States by all

means including the Ondo State

Gubernatorial election “victory” of 1983 which

caused an uproar in Ondo state.

But today, members of the opposition can

sleep with two eyes closed, thanks to the

liberality of the President. The President has a

non violent body language which connotes

peace. Today many opponents throw

personal abuses and insults at the President

without facing any consequences. Many

African leaders wouldn’t take personal insults

and abuses from the opposition or anybody

for that matter. In the recent past this would

have been unthinkable. Those critics who

think the President is weak should realize that

it takes strength of character to absorb insults

and abuses without negative reactions. To his

credit, there has been no politically motivated

assassinations till date. Friends and Foes

agree that Mr. President cannot “hurt” a fly.

Similarly the President has supervised fairer

elections than his predecessors. Many States

today are controlled by the opposition. In fact

it is on record that opposition parties have

won more elections under President Jonathan

than under all previous dispensations put

together. This can be attributed to the

democratic inclination of the President. He

has reasonably erased the do or die politics of

the past.

Again, victory for Jonathan is victory for the

common man. Jonathan can be said to be

the first Commoner from a humble

beginning to emerge President. The political

elites have dominated politics in Nigeria from

time immemorial. It doesn’t matter if they are

from the North or South, Christians or

Muslims. The elites had always been in

power in Nigeria. Jonathan emergence was

an act of God which no mortal envisaged.

Therefore ordinary and working class

Nigerians must ensure that the elites do not

bully Jonathan out of office. At the moment

the elites have united with the sole purpose of

recapturing power for themselves and their

descendants. They are using sensitive issues

like insurgency and insecurity to blackmail the

President. Nigerians should not be fooled by

the antics of these desperate folks. No single

godfather owns Nigeria. Nigeria belongs to us

all. Therefore we are all equal stakeholders

and therefore the will of the majority must

prevail.

Similar to the above is the seventh reason.

Jonathan is the first minority to be elected

President. Therefore Jonathan represents

hope for the down trodden and minorities in

Nigeria. From independence the major ethnic

groups dominated politics in Nigeria. It was

unimaginable then to have a minority as

President. Today we have a minority as

President on a platter of gold. Added to this is

that the South-South region where Jonathan

comes from accounts for over 90% of the

resources Nigeria has been using to run for

over four decades now. Strangely Jonathan is

the first President from this region. It would

be a good idea to allow Jonathan govern

Nigeria with our support. Jonathan can do

better with our support and cooperation.

Those opposed to his ambition based on the

so called unwritten agreement should realize

that Nigeria and her Constitution are greater

than any parochial arrangement.

Moreover another four years of Jonathan

would mark the beginning of the end of the

era of godfatherism in Nigerian politics. The

so called godfathers in our national political

life have held Nigeria to ransom, without

rhyme or reason. They place unrealistic and

unreasonable demands on the incumbents.

The first battle Jonathan fought was to liberate

himself from his so called godfather which he

has successfully and bravely done. The next

four years would give the President the

opportunity to level all inequalities and

provide a level playing field for all Nigerians,

to enable eligible candidates contest and win

elections without depending on godfathers.

The ninth reason we should re-elect President

is because of the lack of a credible opposition.

Opposition in Nigeria has weakened due to

the absence of a defined ideology. We have

seen members of the opposition jump from

party to party without any ideological

framework. The only constant feature is the

lust for power. As a result we do not have a

formidable opposition that can make a

difference politically.

The recent merger of several political parties

to form the All Progressive Congress (APC)

was received warmly with great

expectations. At last the vibrant opposition

has arrived! So we thought! How wrong we

were! Most Nigerians expected a strong

opposition that would mobilize Nigerians

behind them. We expected an opposition

devoid of pettiness and cheap blackmail. We

expected an opposition that would be defined

by principles and ideals. We expected an

opposition that would present a clear cut,

well defined, and practicable alternative to the

present. We expected a credible opposition

based on principles. To say the APC dashed

our hopes is an understatement. APC missed

the opportunity to stand out as the new

national umbrella. All we hear is ” Give us

Power”. But what are you going to do

differently? What are your plans? Nigerians

need to know what agenda you have before

they give you power.

The PDP has been in power since 1999. As

expected some Nigerians have some

reservations on the performance of PDP. This

is not unexpected considering the fact that the

Party has been in power for fifteen years

now. But the pertinent question is, what will

APC do differently? APC has refused to tell

Nigerians what they have in stock for us.

Instead they are over driven by the lust for

power without a defined agenda. Mere

criticizing the incumbent without proffering

solutions is grossly inadequate. What

Nigerians are waiting to hear is the action plan

of APC. Does any Nigerian know how the

opposition would tackle this insurgency?

Does anyone know their plans to create jobs?

Does anyone know their plans to fight

corruption? What about Education, Power,

Healthcare? The list is endless. If the

opposition wants to be taken seriously by

Nigerians, first it needs to go back to the

drawing board and define the agenda. Then

communicate the agenda to Nigerians and

allow Nigerians to decide who governs them

in a free and fair election. At the moment the

present opposition style of chasing shadows

leaving the substance behind has played to

the advantage of the incumbent.

It is either the opposition steps up the game

by addressing issues, not personalities, or

forget the 2015 Elections. As long as the

opposition continues to chase shadows, the

incumbent would have an easy ride come

2015.

Finally Nigeria should re-elect President

Jonathan because of the present

circumstances of security challenges, which

the President is working hard to contain and

defeat. Put differently, the country is in a state

of war with terrorists, and we cannot change

the Commander-in-Chief in the middle of the

war. In fact it would be morally wrong for

Mr. Jonathan to abandon ship halfway down

the sail without achieving total victory against

the terrorists. We should therefore rally

round the President in solidarity and defeat

the terrorists. The prevailing opinion in

Nigeria and the Diaspora is that President

Jonathan should hang on and fight these

insurgents to the very end. Let us therefore

renew his mandate on the 14th of February,

2015.

God bless Nigeria.


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