By Our Correspondent
The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan yesterday gave reasons why President Goodluck Jonathan deserves to be reelected for a second term.
The First Lady who was in Ikom, Cross River State, in continuation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nationwide Women rally to solicit votes for her husband, said President Jonathan has performed well to earn a second term in office.
Speaking shortly after commissioning the 6,000 seating capacity ultra modern Ikom Township Stadium, Mrs Jonathan said: “I came to thank you for keeping to your promise in 2011 to vote for my husband. And I want to use this opportunity to appeal to you to repeat the same thing in the March 28 presidential election.”
According to the First Lady, her husband, during his first tenure has performed tremendously and has impacted positively on the people especially women.
Mrs. Jonathan reminded the crowd of female politicians that in 2011, her husband promised to give women 35 percent appointment in line with the affirmative action which he did through political and elective offices, adding that “Now we are in 2015, and he will do more for the nation and women in particular.”
The First Lady enjoined the women not to be cajoled by those who claim to be agents of change because when they were in office, they did not implement the change they are canvassing now.
According to her, “Those promising you change did not recognize nor regard women when they were in office and it is better you follow a man who has promised to do more for the nation and sworn to keep it.”
Continuing, she said: “You have two options, either President Jonathan or nothing,” adding that “I am confident that the women, youth and all eligible voters in Cross River will vote for Jonathan and all PDP candidates in March 28 and April 11 elections.”
Also speaking, Cross River State Governor Senator Liyel Imoke said: “There are only two options for Nigerians to choose, that is either they vote Goodluck Jonathan and move forward with his transformation initiatives or follow the opponent and be dragged 30 years backward.”
Imoke disclosed that President Jonathan has in his first term established and initiated developmental programs as well as empowered women, stressing that, “What President Goodluck has done, no president has done so in the history of Nigeria. Women, for the first time have been given opportunity to participate in politics and be voted into offices.
“We the youth and women in Cross River wil support President Goodluck Jonathan and all PDP candidates.”
Cross River State PDP standard bearer, Prof Ben Ayade said the state has chosen to follow the man who will lead them into the future and Jonathan who has promised to link the state capital with a fast rail line is the only man they will follow.
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