22nd March, 2011
Gov. Martin Elechi of Ebonyi says President Goodluck Jonathan will win next monthâ€™s presidential election in the first ballot.
Elechi spoke at a meeting with stakeholders at Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi where he hails from.
â€œ My optimism is not outlandish in spite of all the efforts being put into the electioneering campaign by other presidential hopefuls,â€ he said.
The governor said Jonathan was ahead of others in the campaign in view of his performance in office as well as his sincerity of purpose and detribalised disposition.
Elechi was apparently referring to the constitutional requirement that the winner of the presidential election must not only win majority of votes cast, but must also secure 25 per cent of votes in 24 states.
He said the election of Jonathan would mark a turning point in the nationâ€™s political history as it would help eliminate suspicion and mistrust between the North and South.
Jonathanâ€™s victory, he added, would usher in a new era where all Nigerians could aspire to the highest office in the land.
He advised the people of the state to vote for all PDP candidates in the elections, saying , â€œWe donâ€™t want to be in opposition, we will regret itâ€¦ PDP will be in power for a long time.â€
Elechi said that he had increased water supply from 45 million litres per day to 65 million litres.
According to him, the government also embarked on construction of two new mega water schemes at Ukawu and Oferekpe to provide 100 million litres of water per day.
He said his administration was constructing 33 bridges tagged, Bridges of Unity, with 24 of them already completed.
The governor promised to boost the agriculture sector through the provision of fertiliser, agro inputs and micro credit loans to farmers.