Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria (GOGAN), Anambra State Chapter, yesterday met with its State Coordinator, High Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo, and members of the group at its secretariat in Awka.
The group met with the coordinator over the various issues confronting the nation as it moves towards the 2019 general elections.
Speaking at the event, the State Coordinator of the group, Onunkwo, said, “We looked at the concerns within the country and the various political parties because election is approaching and we members of GOGAN in Anambra felt that it is necessary to come together and interface with each other on the way forward for Mr President re-election come 2019.”
Onunkwo said the essence of the interface was to mobilise massive support for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 in all the 21 local governments and over 300 electoral wards in the state and that the association membership was voluntary and committed.
He said the group plans to carry out aggressive campaign in support of Buhari’s re-election bid in Anambra, saying sub committees had been set up while local government coordinators and ward coordinators had been appointed.
According to him, members of the group are using their money to work toward the President’s re-election bid in 2019. “GOGAN is very serious about this. We want to make sure we win convincingly and the President will be able to appreciate the work we have done.”
He explained that that the group’s activities under the national leadership of Chief Felix Idiga of Jafac foundation has been championing and sensitizing Nigerians who believe in Mr President’s determination to ensure a corruption free, secured and economically vibrant nation.
“The Government is not involved in the association, we have people who have volunteered to assist us to support with both funding and human resources. But we on our own have to initiate the funding and prepare the foundation which is what we are doing already,” he said.
Comrade Paschal Candle who also spoke, reeled out reasons President Muhammadu Buhari deserves to be re-elected for another term of four years in 2019.
He cited N88bn payment “for the reconstruction of the damage done to Biafra and the immediate payment of pension arrears to ex-Biafra police officers,” as one of the reasons Buhari should be re-elected come 2019 in Anambra and South East.
He said President Buhari acceded to the N88bn payment, shortly after taking office, following an out-of-court settlement.
Besides the N88bn payment, he urged members and Nigerians to also remember how the Buhari administration rescued about 20 states that were nearly comatose as a result of accumulated unpaid workers’ salaries.
“It took the timely intervention of President Buhari to bail out the states financially, irrespective of their party affiliation,” he said.
He also said that South East and Anambra State have not had it so good in the area of road constructions and other infrastructural development in the country.
He cited Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Umueri-Nzam-Ibaji-Kogi Road, Nnewi-Okigwe Road, School Feeding Programme of the present Government, Npower programme etc. “A good number of federal highways, which were abandoned by previous administrations, are now receiving attention with serious construction works going on.
On his Part, Barr MC Anizoka urged members to put in their best in mobilising for President Muhammadu Buhari. He maintained that Mr President has done so well for Ndi Igbo and he deserves their support.
He urged members not to be discouraged by the lies and hatred being spread by enemies of Nigeria. With the way Mr President is going, he will address all the challenges facing the country.