South East Geo-Political Zone Aligns With Jonathan
San Francisco, August 16, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s South Eastern states today unanimously chose President Goodluck Jonathan as the zone’s candidate for the 2011 presidential election scheduled for early next year.
Leaders of the various Igbo groups from the five states which make up the region namely; Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States rose from a South-East Political Summit in Enugu where they resolved that a Jonathan presidency would best serve the interest of the region.
In a communiqué read by the one of the conveners of the summit, Chief Mbazulike Amechi after the over 5-hour dialogue, the leaders said the Igbo nation would not allow itself relegated in the affairs of the country adding that the Igbos would negotiate with President Jonathan to ensure that their aspirations and expectations are met.
The communiqué reads: "At independence Nigeria was made up of three regions which later became four regions that were further divided into states by military fiat over which Ndigbo had little or no say.
"The North has ruled the country for 33 years, the West 12 years, zoning or no zoning, rotation or not. The old Eastern Region, for the sake of equity and justice, shall produce the next president of Nigeria. The region that produced over 90 percent of the wealth of the country should for a change, have a prime position in the governance of the country.
"That given the fact that what is now known as Bayelsa State used to be Brass District of Eastern Region, and that the Eastern and Midwestern regions have been marginalized in the presidency of Nigeria.
Consequently, the summit has decided to endorse the presidential aspiration of Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan."
Jonathan’s endorsement would depend on a successful negotiation of terms and conditions and agreement over other details, " the leaders said.
Though President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to declare his intention to run in 2011, the ruling party last week said he could run if he wanted to but failed to endorse his candidacy.