President Goodluck Jonathan deserve to be given an automatic ticket in 2015, according to the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih.
Mr Anenih who proposed this at a meeting with some leaders of the party in Abuja on Thursday said President Jonathan has performed well to earn himself another 4-year stay at Aso Villa.
The BoT Chairman reeled out the administration’s achievement as his defence. In his words:
“We all know too well that when, by circumstances beyond our control, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became the President of Nigeria on May 6, 2010, and was later officially inaugurated on May 29, 2011, after his victory at the general elections, the situation in many sectors of our socioeconomic life, was very challenging, to say the least. The power sector was at the edge of a crisis, with power generation hovering below 2000 megawatts. Most of the key roads in Nigeria were almost impassable. The railway was still immobile; schools and health facilities were in total decay, while agriculture was in the throes of neglect.
“Today, the Transformation Agenda is already yielding great and beneficial fruits: the power situation has improved largely because of decisive and diligent implementation of power sector reforms and massive injection of new facilities as well as rehabilitation of old ones. The railway is now up and running with the Lagos–Kano track of 700 kilometers as the flagship of this renaissance; most of the dilapidated roads which the administration inherited have been rehabilitated or reconstructed while new ones have either been completed or are near completion; so also has there been improvement in water transportation; agriculture has become a major contributor to the nation’s GDP and a veritable source of massive employment. Under this administration, the changes in the aviation sector have been quite remarkable. The rehabilitation of terminals across the country, have transformed our airports into world-class standards.
“Also impressive and worthy of commendation are the administration’s policies and programmes for women, youths and other vulnerable Nigerians. With programmes such as the U-Win, Sure-P and Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), the Jonathan administration has radically expanded access to wealth creation for these categories of Nigerians. History will surely be kind to President Jonathan as the first Nigerian President to give women more than 30 per cent of the positions available in the Federal Council of Ministers.
“With the focused leadership and innovative programmes of this administration, it is not surprising that the Nigerian economy has grown in lips and bounds in the last two years. With an average growth rate of 6.5 per cent, Nigeria has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world and one of the most favourable investment destinations. The increasing potential of the Nigerian economy are a product of sound financial management and, without any doubt, the credit goes to the PDP-led government.
“It is remarkable that all these achievements have taken place in spite of the enormous security challenges which the Jonathan administration has been confronting. The Boko Haram insurgency is clearly the most serious security threat to our country since the Nigerian Civil War. And, the administration has managed it well. Since the insurgency, the government has remained calm, focused and determined in the face of this enormous problem and, I dare say, it has overcome. We all have faith that the declaration of a state of emergency in three North-Eastern states would lead to the extermination of insurgency and terror in our country.
“We must not forget the critical role which the PDP has played and continues to play in sustaining Nigeria’s unity. Today, ours is the only national party in Nigeria with its members spread across all the nooks and crannies of the country. We, therefore, have a strategic obligation to put our house in order so as to sustain the peace which we have enjoyed in the last 14 years”.
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