'We've Not Started Jonathan's Re-Election Campaign'

•Tony Prest

•Tony Prest

Supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan under the aegis of GEJites Volunteers have disproved the statement issued on Thursday by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Jonathan being ‘callous’ and ‘insensitive’ to the security situation in the country.

The group said it was not campaigning for re-election yet as the law says you can not campaign as a political party until the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says so.

To them, they are only mobilising support for whom they think can solve the country’s problems.

The APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed had described as utterly callous and insensitive the ongoing campaign by GEJites for the President’s re-election right at the same spot where the #BringBackOur Girls campaigners have been staging daily protests demanding the safe return of the over 200 Chibok girls.

Reacting in a statement issued by its Chairman and National Coordinator, Chief Anthony Tosan Prest, the group said it strongly believes that Jonathan has been the hardest working president ever produced by the country and will be the best loved president of Nigereria ever, hence the reason for the support.

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Prest noted that Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda on governance is already tackling most development challenges such as poverty, unemployment, security and the deplorable infrastructure.

He said: “The APC should know Nigeria is a free country and everyone has the right to support whoever he or she wants, even the freedom of association is guaranteed. The same right that  #BringBackOur Girls protesters have is the same we GEJites have a right to seek volunteers in support of the President’s efforts to bring back the girls and rule Nigeria perfectly.

“These people should know it is not Jonathan who kidnapped the girls. The president already said he has remained quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria’s military, police and investigators to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

“He expressed his deep concern and that his silence as his administration works to accomplish the task at hand is being misused by partisan critics to suggest inaction or even weakness.

“He also noted that his silence has been necessary to avoid compromising the details of ongoing investigation. Jonathan has assured that his government, security and intelligence services have spared no resources, have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home and the thugs who took them are brought to justice,” Prest stated.