BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—FORMER President of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, yesterday, said the people of Niger Delta would support President Goodluck Jonathan for a second tenure but on the condition that the East-West Road was delivered before 2015.
Speaking at Asaba, Delta State, Ekiyor, said: “The decision for Jonathan to run in 2015 is not mine, it is not for anybody to decide. But the decision for him to remain in office is Nigerians’.
“We either vote him in or vote him out, that is not his to make but the decision to run at all is his to make. So all the hue and cry is the blackmail in politics, people just blackmail one another for cheap popularity. He was acting president and then president by dint of death of his boss but he became substantive president elected in 2011 and therefore, has the right to run a second term in 2015.
“I have been an ardent supporter of Jonathan ever since he emerged and we will continue to support him but if in 2015 our East/West Road is not delivered, the challenges of Nigerians are still there, then he does not have the moral right to say that he wants to contest because clearly stated and without compromise, the Niger Delta deserves more than it is getting.
“We produce everything that runs this country on its wheels and we demand that we should be treated as such. This is possible everywhere. Go to Texas, Silicon Valley or anywhere, people who produce things benefit more, like Dubai. Nigeria cannot be different.
“Not even the threat of Boko Haram or the threat of political grandstanding. Interestingly, every other Nigerian, including myself, can vie for the office of the President; it is a matter of who Nigerians will vote for.”