Re:President Joanathan Concedes Tickets To 40 Senators..Anambra North Stakeholders React

Ladies and Gentlemen,
This World Press Conference is organized by the Concerned Stakeholders from the various quarters and local government areas of Anambra North Senatorial District of Anambra State of Nigeria, in reaction to the publications in The Nation and other national newspapers of Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2014, captioned – Senate Race: President Jonathan concedes tickets to 40 senators.
First of all, we wish to express our total support and confidence in Mr. President’s transformation agenda and wish him well. It is an age-long fact that one does not easily change a focused and performing team while a non-performer can never be perpetuated. Mr. President through his transformation programmes has not only changed the face and image of Nigeria but has brought prosperity, respect, rule of law and positive progression to a once beleaguered nation.
Above all, Mr. President has shown himself to be a true brother of ours. He has positively impacted on the Ndigbo and we must support him to continue in 2015. Now, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has achieved these underlisted for the Ndigbo in his first 4-year tenure:
Appointed an Igbo son General Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff.
Appointed an Ibusa-born Admiral Dele Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff.
Appointed Senator Anyiam Pius Anyiam as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Appointed Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance.
Commenced the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
Approved and completed the 1st International Airport, Akanu Ibiam International Airport in the heart of Igboland.
Remodelled the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, into an International Cargo Airport.
Approved the reconstruction of the Eastern highways.
Gave historic and state burial to the Peoples’ General, Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu and Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Established the Federal University in Abakaliki, among others.
For a man who has done all these in just four years, we are convinced that he will do more when given the opportunity to complete his eight years constitutionally granted tenure.
Then, coming to the issue of the President conceding party tickets to 40 senators, we obviously would want believe that he was quoted out of context. For an internationally acclaimed crusader and defender of the citizens’ right, to determine who governs or represent them and whose philosophy of one man, one vote has remained unparalleled; concession of automatic ticket can be coming from him.
Mr. President’s belief and philosophy of the right of the citizens to freely decide who represents them has been one of his cardinal achievements and no one should attempt to rubbish his hard-earned reputation.
Our advice therefore, is that people should stop playing politics with such sensitive matter and that the revered name of Mr. President should not be associated with such devilish aspiration. No progressive representative should be afraid to go back to his/her people to renew his/her mandate and that is the beauty of democracy. It is only non-progressive representatives who alienated themselves while in office and who never bothered visiting their electorate or keeping in touch with their roots that should be asking for such cheap and undemocratic favour.
It is a terrible aberration! To allow such representatives to go back without the support of their people smacks of anything decent and civilized. We think that we have passed that era and like Biblical Israelites – there is no going back to Egypt. Some senators never bothered  going home to their people and only came recently to deceive in the name of empowerment, simply because of the coming 2015 elections. Such deceit can no longer hold and should not be encouraged in any form or shape. It will amount to encouraging indolence, inactiveness and removing the shine from what participatory democracy should be.
This is an opportunity for Anambra North Senatorial District of Anambra State to decide and choose who represents them at the Senate and other elective offices and whose representation would likely impact positively on them.
The Senate seat of Anambra North District is neither hereditary and cannot be achieved through deceit nor sentiments. The due process of allowing people to decide must be followed and any denial must be resisted and consequences very grave.
It is not imperative that any elected legislator must complete a 4-year tenure. It is on record that several elected legislators never completed a 4-year tenure and were not conceded automatic ticket.
We are therefore pleading with the PDP to allow us exercise our franchise to choose who represents us at the Senate. As our would-be senator, we want to see somebody who understands the constituency and its people; and somebody who has a road map on how to transform the lives of our people.
We want to have somebody who has pedigree of performance. We are not failures and must not be associated with that.
Long Live the PDP
Long Live Anambra Senatorial District
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. I was expecting to hear that the second Niger bridge has been constructed.

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