Less than two weeks to the conduct of the presidential elections, groups loyal to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar under the umbrella body, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku (AAA) and People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) in six states in the south-west Nigeria have declared their support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming presidential election.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday at a media briefing in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, in south-west Nigeria, the leader of the group, Bode Ajewole, said their support was based on the readiness of President Jonathan to implement the recommendations of the 2014 national conference, as being demanded by the south-west region.
Supporters of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, the AAA/PDM collectives, in the six states in south-west Nigeria – Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo – converging at the Multipurpose Auditorium of the Ondo State Cultural Centre, Akure for a media briefing to declare support for President Jonathan’s re-election.
Ajewole further directed all the members in the six states and the Yar’adua political family in the APC, SDP, PDM, LP and AP to support and vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent president, Dr Jonathan, in the March 28 presidential election.
The leader of the collectives said the members still remained in their various parties, but hinted that the decision to join the PDP or not would be coming after the elections.
The Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, welcomed the members of the group, saying their support was a very good thing for the Jonathan campaign team.
Governor Mimiko, who is also the coordinator of the Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Group in the south-west region, gave the assurance that the region would deliver the highest votes for the president in the election.
He expressed delight in the decision of the collectives to support Jonathan, owing to the fact that they were made up of genuine grassroots politicians that could deliver.