The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has thrown its weight behind the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 general elections, expressing the hope that he would win re-election to the shame of his detractors.
The movement was reacting to a publication yesterday by its National Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu, who advised President Jonathan to forget victory in 2015 because of the lingering strike embarked upon by polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.
MASSOB Leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike who denied the publication as coming from the group, said its director of information did not have the mandate of the movement in making the publication and described same as the personal opinion of Mr. Madu.
In the said publication, MASSOB had purportedly condemned what it called the insensitivity and carelessness of the federal government on the plight of members of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Staff Union (COESAU) and queried, “How can President Goodluck Jonathan win next year’s election without the support and votes of the students? Why must the President’s wife keep quite when millions of students are on the street rotting away with their brilliance?”
But Uwazuruike, who spoke to Sunday Sun on phone yesterday in response to the statement, said “the publication is not the position of MASSOB on President Jonathan. As a matter of fact, MASSOB advises Jonathan to go ahead and contest the 2015 election and MASSOB hopes he will win.
“MASSOB feels that all the security challenges in Nigeria today are all geared to stop Jonathan from contesting the election because the North sees Jonathan as an Easterner”.
The MASSOB leader further claimed that “Both the so-called strike, Boko Haram etc are man-made gang up against Jonathan, to make the country ungovernable as they threatened in the past”.