As debate rages on whether or not President Goodluck Jonathan should contest next yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presidential election, a group has vowed to mobolise Nigerians from all walks of life in
support of the president ahead of the poll.
New Nigeria Initiative says its mission is, Ã¢â‚¬Å“To undertake an aggressive enlightenment campaign in the country ahead of the 2011 presidential election for the enthronement of a regime of positive change where the people will enjoy basic infrastructure, social and economic security and the government accountable to the people, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan on the driving seat.Ã¢â‚¬Â
At a press conference in Lagos, addressed by its national chairman, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, the group said it was mobilising some 60 million Nigerians from across the country, through an online and physical registration exercise, to support and encourage Jonathan in the 2011 presidential election.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As soon as INEC makes public its time table for the revalidation of votersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ register, we would also mobilise for massive registration so that everybody of voting age can vote,Ã¢â‚¬Â it said.
New Nigeria Initiative praised the late President Umaru Musa YarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢AduaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision for Nigeria, saying there is no better way to ensure the full materialisation of his ideas for a better Nigeria than to support Jonathan to continue for another four years after the expiration of his joint tenure with the late president.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In fact, if YarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Adua were alive and were he not to be interested in a second term, he would have willingly supported his deputyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s candidature. They were two of a kind. They had similar passion for the country. They planned and worked as a team. They shared the same vision. Which explains why Jonathan is continuing with the 7-point agenda of the YarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Adua government,Ã¢â‚¬Â the group said.