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2023: Why Goodluck Jonathan’s Men Are Mobilising For Tinubu

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The presidential bid of Bola Tinubu has received a boost as supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan have started grassroots mobilisation in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones for him.

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Tinubu is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recall that the group, under the aegis of Citizens Network for Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPDN) had earlier endorsed the former Lagos governor in November.

National Secretary of the coalition, Francis Wainwei in a statement issued after the grassroots campaign commencement in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said that they were against the idea of having another northerner replace President Muhammadu Buhari after eight years.

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Wainwei, whose group made a cash donation of N1 million to support Tinubu’s campaign in the two geopolitical zones, vowed to do everything to ensure the next president emerged from the South.

Reports say the CNPDN was among the few coalitions that openly pushed for Jonathan to contest for the presidential ticket on the platform of the APC earlier this year.

Jonathan, who promised to consult widely in the build-up, reneged at the last minute, paving the way for Tinubu to clinch the party ticket.

But Wainwei, an indigene of Bayelsa State, told newsmen on Monday that their supporters had unanimously resolved to support Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.

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According to him, the group’s primary reason for throwing their weight behind a southern presidential candidate was to promote national unity, equity, fairness, and justice.

The statement read, “Our position that the next president of this country should come from the South is driven by same vision and principles. We believe strongly that such will strengthen the unity and peace of the nation. It will give a better sense of belonging to the people of southern Nigeria and foster a more viable peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

“We were surprised by the betrayal of the same cause by some of the southern governors, especially the South-South governors, except Nyesom Wike, who had earlier declared for a southern President, to abandon same and started pursuing their personal interests instead of the collective interest of the region.

“We, therefore, call on the South-South governors who have betrayed their people by supporting another northern candidate to take over from Buhari after eight years of a president from the North, to resign immediately.

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“This is because the people of the South-South zone can no longer trust them with their common heritage as they have placed their personal interests above the collective interest of their people.

“Our call on them to resign is also premised on the fact that they recently received huge sums of money via the 13 per cent derivation fund and squandered the same in pursuit of their personal interests at the expense of their people.

“We are also calling on the South-South states’ Houses of Assembly to impeach the said governors if they fail to resign as requested. We shall mobilise our members across the South-South States to force the said governors to resign or get impeached.

“We can’t allow such selfish governors to continue to govern us anymore. We must all place the collective interest of our people above our personal interests for our region to experience holistic and accelerated development.”

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“Tinubu is the easiest means to electing a President from southern extraction in 2023. He has nationwide acceptance and has the requisite political experience to navigate Nigeria to greatness as president of Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the shooting and called for urgent police reforms.

Atiku said, “The shooting of Bolanle Raheem by a police officer is heartbreaking and stands condemned. This latest shooting calls to attention the urgent need for Police reforms that will sanitise the Force and bring it in line with best policing practices.”

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