As the battle for 2015 gathers momentum, a group, identified as Nigeria Unity Movement (NUM) has concluded plans to collect 20 million signatures from Nigerians in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s reelection bid.
Speaking at a press briefing on Friday in Abuja, the National Coordinator of the Movement, Uzor George Tiga, said it was erroneous for any one or group to ask Mr Jonathan not to seek reelection in 2015 as he was constitutionally entitled to contest.
While acknowledging that it was President Jonathan’s personal decision to re-contest or not, Tiga added that only Nigerians have the final say on the issue.
“We earnestly do not want to be dragged into political party politics or anything that has to do with politics in the selection processes. We are actually getting 20 million signatures from Nigerians who are ready to sign a compact with the President to conclude the work he has started.
“So ‘You Win’ to us is the president’s philosophy about social empowerment for the masses. We are however saying that it must be sustained. Nigerians are saying that it should not be cut short because of some kind of parochial interests, party considerations or sentiments because the time for sentiments is over,” he said.