Southern Leaders Endorse Jonathan For Second Term

by on January 21, 2015

Southern leaders rose from a meeting in Enugu on Tuesday with a resolution, endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In a communiqué after the fifth session of Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA), they commended President Jonathan for his transformation agenda and endorsed him for a second term to encourage him to do more.

Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme presented the communiqué after the meeting.

The Southern leaders also condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property by the Boko Haram sect in the North and the indifference shown by senior citizens in the North to the menace.

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They noted that their efforts made Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend creation of additional polling units, which will give unfair advantage to the North in the forthcoming and future elections, but called for vigilance to ensure the matter was not re-opened.

Earlier, while addressing the meeting, Ekwueme recalled how Southern leaders stopped INEC from rigging the 2015 elections through creation of new polling units.

Ekwueme, who is the leader of South-East delegation, said they had to convoke an emergency meeting of elders and management to tackle the proposal by INEC to create 30,000 new polling units with 21,500 in the North and only 8,500 in the South.

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He regretted that the proposal to create the new polling units came up at a time INEC had claimed it cleaned up the voters register by eliminating cases of multiple registration, thereby reducing the total number of valid votes.

Ekwueme explained that SNPA decided to tackle the matter headlong since the illogicality of creating more polling units for fewer voters seemed so obvious as to arouse eyebrows to be raised and to arouse suspicion of all right thinking people.

Source: Daily Post

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