From: Cheekless 2011
A socio-political Organisation, the Southern Solidarity Forum (SSF) has endorsed Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as their sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential election.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the inaugural meeting of the Imo State chapter of the Forum, held in Owerri on Saturday, signed by the Imo State Coordinator, Hon. Mike Igbokwe and the National Executive Secretary, Greg Nwadike, the group passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of President Jonathan, even as it urged him not to relent in his good works.
The Forum, through a formal motion moved by Hon. Walter Duru, representing Oguta local Government area and unanimously adopted by the twenty seven Local Government Coordinators, adopted President Jonathan as the sole candidate for the office of the President, come 2015.
It acknowledged that the Igbo race has benefited from the present administration in the country, more than any other, since after the Nigerian Civil war.
The Forum vowed to put machinery in place to ensure victory for President Jonathan, even as it urged him to accommodate more citizens of Imo extraction in his administration.
Earlier in his address, the Imo State chapter Coordinator of the Forum, Hon. Mike Igbokwe described the group as a gathering of patriotic Nigerians who are out to ensure that good governance is sustained in the country.
“The truth must be told. This most-vilified President who once had no shoes has proven to be the ‘Jonathan’ of our nation-Nigeria. Objective critics have come to the agreement that under this President, Nigeria has witnessed tremendous achievements and economic growth, never before witnessed or recorded in the history of the country.”
“Our people have benefited tremendously from the various appointments, including Service chiefs. Until two days ago, our own Onyeabor Ihejirika remained the Chief of Army Staff, a position no Igbo man had ever occupied since after the civil war. Our people now have greater representations in Federal Ministries, Departments, agencies and parastatals of government.”