Run in 2015, Nigerian women Urge Jonathan:
Nigerian women under the aegis of the group Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election in 2015.
The group, led by a former Minister of Women Affairs and member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyom Josephine Anenih, made the call at the weekend in Awka, during the group's south-east rally.
Mrs Anenih urged PDP not to infringe on Jonathan's right to an automatic ticket as a sitting President, reminding that sitting presidents in all advanced democracies enjoy such privilege.
The former minister said Jonathan had empowered Nigerian women like no other president, assuring that women would lend the president overwhelming support.
She said, “This his is not a PDP rally and I am not here because of PDP. In fact, if this was a PDP rally, I probably would not have come because the party has let me down too many times.
“So you might ask why I am here. I am here on this platform as a Nigerian Woman Leader. I am here to tell you that President Goodluck Jonathan has kept faith with Nigerian women by empowering them in a way that no other President has ever done.”
The woman leader listed YouWin programme, appointment of almost 35% women in Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs as strategies through which Jonathan has empowered several women.
“President Jonathan nominated 92 women to the just concluded National Conference, including a 24-year old woman and a blind woman.
“With the challenges facing us as a country we cannot afford to play politics with the destiny of our people. This is no time for selfish politics of personal interest. Our definition of politics must change.
“Four months to election year, we cannot be guessing who will lead the battle to face the challenges confronting us. Today we have Boko Haram, terrorism, insurgency and, now, Ebola. This is no time to try a new hand. This is the time to stick with who you know- who can deliver and has delivered”, declared Anenih.
She continued: “Four months to election year, we have not seen any other candidate we can x-ray or assess. It is, indeed, irresponsible and utter disregard of the electorate (by any party) to sell your candidate in less than four years. You need four years and not four months to sell any candidate.
“We need someone that cares and feels our pains. We have had four years to assess Dr Goodluck Jonathan and we are telling you he has passed the test. We know Jonathan; so we should go with him,” submitted the former minister, stressing,
“he has not let us down”.
“We got Nigerian women to massively vote for President Goodluck Jonathan. This President is the Women's President. The mandate he has today is the mandate we gave him. It is because it is our mandate and because he is our representative, today, that Nigerian women are giving the President an ULTIMATUM.
“Nigerian women can give their President an ultimatum. We are giving the President an ULTIMATUM: You must run!” she declared.
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