13th April, 2011
Hundreds of Igbo people and other ethnic groups resident in Lagos have converged on Abayomi Awodiora Hall, Cardoso Street, Ajegunle, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria for a rally organised to garner support for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the presidential election on Saturday.
Among those who had converged on the venue of the rally are Igbo traditional rulers from Enugu and other South-East states, Igbo traditional groups and political leaders from all the ethnic groups.
Also expected at the rally were leaders of other political parties, civil society groups, students and journalists.
The rally was organised by leaders of a new political action committee, Nigerians4Change, Ndi Igbo, Lagos, Aka Ikenga and other socio-cultural and political organisations in Nigeria to mobilise millions of Nigerians to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in Saturdayâ€™s presidential election.
Convener of Nigerians4 Change, Prince Emeka Obasi, in a press statement issued in Lagos yesterday, said the groups will use the rally to urge Nigerians who are dissatisfied with the situation of things in the country and who want the country to change, to stand up and give Jonathan/ Sambo the authority to change Nigeria by voting for the Peoplesâ€™ Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturdayâ€™s election.
â€œAcross Nigeria, there is a loud clamour for change. Many Nigerians are tired of incompetent and inept leaders, who are unable to dream great dreams for Nigeria. They are tired of mediocrity, selfishness and corruption. They want a leader who can draw up a new road map for Nigeriaâ€™s renewed march to greatness. They need a leader who can launch a renaissance and lead Nigeria away from backwardness to true greatness.
â€œJonathanâ€™s passion, energy and effective leadership make him the right person to keep the job going. He is a candidate for change. He is set to change the order of business in Nigeria and usher in a new era, â€ Obasi said.
The rally was about to begin at the time of filing this report