By Kennedy Dimaku, Abuja
In a solidarity rally, a group known as Goodluck Initiative for Transformation (GIFT 2015) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to re-contest election in 2015 for the second time.
Speaking to journalists at Eagle Square, The National Coordinator, Chinedu Okpalanma said the unity rally was to fulfill a month ultimatum given to the president to declare his intention to contest in the 2015 election.
According to him, the group in their rally of 31st March this year had given the president up to 30th April to tell Nigerians that he was ready to come and lead in 2015, failure at which they would reconvene to continue with their call until their voices are heard.
He said that their decision is based on the fact that the growth witnessed in every sector of the economy needs to be sustained, adding that President Jonathan is a listening president who has exhibited leadership based on tolerance and freedom of expression where people are not victimized for their own opinions. “We believe that this government needs continuity to enable the benefits f this transformation agenda manifest for the benefit of all. “ He said.
Also, addressing the crowd, President, Democratic youth for Progress, Comrade Danjuma Sarki said if Goddluck is given another mandate in 2015, Nigeria shall be transformed drastically going by the landmark achievement recorded in this government. He advised people to shun religious and tribal sentiments which have beclouded their vision stressing that the facts are verifiable.
To the Chairman, North Central Zone, PDP Northern Youth Awareness Forum, Capt Dabas Suleiman, the rally was success. He debunked the allegation that the security operatives stopped the rally from holding.
The rally started from the Unity Fountain and terminated at the Eagle Square where different speakers address the mammoth crowd who gathered from the 36 states of the federation.