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

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

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
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

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,

God bless Nigeria.

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