AS the country continues to witness political re-alignments ahead of the 2015 general election, the most recent being the defection of five aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the week, President Goodluck Jonathan still remains the best option for the nation’s number one position.
Chairman of Senate Committee on Aviation, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, who made this declaration during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja in the week, stated that in spite of the challenges of Boko Haram and other home-grown security challenges, President Jonathan has forged ahead in the delivery of democracy dividends in all sectors to Nigerians who elected him into office.
He noted that Jonathan’s nationalistic credentials, his lofty achievements and the evident failure of the opposition to provide a credible alternative to Nigerians, would place him ahead of other contenders to the office.
Uzodinma said that apart from the fact that the president had achieved enough to grant him re-election, the opposition had still not presented itself as a credible alternative to either the PDP or the president.
He noted that the desperation of the APC to enlist aggrieved PDP governors and the discordant voices trailing the defection of G7 governors to APC were clear indication that the opposition was not issue driven but “disoriented and uncoordinated” wondering how an “incoherent alliance of unpretentious self seeking politicians” can provide alternative leadership for the country in 2015.
Describing the press conference that announced the defection of the G7 governors to APC as a monumental show of shame, the Senator said it was truly amazing that after all the noise about the merger of APC and the G7 governors, only two of them were present at the press conference that announced their defection and another two disassociated themselves from the merger even while the conference was on.
“Nigerians should wonder aloud why opposition group is desperate to have PDP governors in their midst, even when the group has repeatedly claimed that the PDP was the problem of Nigeria. What this clearly shows is that the opposition is not issue driven because if it were, it would not have been so shamelessly wooing the governors of a party they claim has failed Nigerians. You can’t tag a man the devil today and invite him to dinner tomorrow,” he said.
Uzodinma said Jonathan’s achievements in almost all sectors speak volumes of his ability as President.
He noted that the liberal agricultural policy of the President has encouraged local farmers to attain progressive growth in food production adding “both former Minister of Industry, Charles Ugwu and former governor of Kebbi State, Adamu Aliero, have gone into massive rice production, an evidence that the environment for self sufficiency in food production was gradually being put in place.
He noted that it was exciting that the President has brought back the rails on track after almost 30 years of comatose. He admitted that our roads had been in a deplorable state for many years, but argued that they have also witnessed an unprecedented facelift since Jonathan’s Presidency.
“It is only now that the nexus between a non-functional rail system and the frequent collapse of the roads has been established. By taking the burden of haulage away from the roads to the rails, the roads will last longer,” he said.
On the power sector, the Senator argued that the recent unbundling of the sector that is considered the most transparent national transaction in 20 years has opened a new vista for foreign investors.
He added: “The completion of the national integrated power plants by the Jonathan administration, which was a precursor to the privatisation, depicts a focused leader at work.”
Uzodinma was confident that in the next few years, the impact of the power sector on the economy would be massive employment opportunities.
According to him, “President Jonathan caused a revolution in the education sector by the establishment and funding of six more federal universities in states that did not have them, injection of billions of naira through ETF and TEFFUND in the rehabilitation of tertiary institutions and the establishment of Almajiri schools in the north and similar ones in the south to keep our youths in schools.”
He said that the declaration of state of emergency in those troubled North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, government has stabilised the polity and shamed those who said they would make the country ungovernable.