Lecturers from Universities in Nigeria particularly South-East and South-South yesterday agreed to work for the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, former Governor Peter Obi in the 2019 Presidential Election.
The lecturers under the aegis of Academic Democrats took the decision yesterday after an extensive meeting examining the manifestoes of the major candidates in Awka. They said the contents of Atiku and Obi joint ticket showed that there is hope for Nigeria, if they are elected.
The meeting agreed that the joint ticket of Atiku and Obi would serve the country better in actualizing restructuring, good governance and better life for its citizens.
Speakers including the Academic Democrats convener, Dr Chinedu Onyeizugbe , Prof Chinyere Stella Okunna, Prof Uche Nwogwugwu, Prof Emenike Obi and Prof Frank-Collins Okafor among others buttressed the need why academics should support the aspiration of Atiku and Obi in 2019.
They agreed to embark on advocacy for the candidate of Atiku and Obi in order to ensure Nigeria is restructured to give room for democratic legacies currently lacking in the state.
They decried their docility in the current situation Nigeria has found itself even when they are public intellectuals of repute in their own individual rights and collectively with burning ideas on how to make good governance sustainable and Nigeria better.
They agreed not to underrate their capacities by taking themselves for granted always but to add a voice in the polity and work towards enduring democracy and stimulating good governance.
They agreed to embark on sensitization tour of various states in the country particularly South-East and South-South to meet other academics to enable them join forces together to ensure victory for Atiku and Obi in 2019 general elections.
They agreed to galvanize intellectuals from other zones in the country to actualize the Atiku\Obi 2019 presidential election project.
As well, Students in the South East under the aegis of Student Community Voters (SCV) South East yesterday endorsed the nomination of former Governor Peter Obi as the running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The students while commending Atiku for nominating Peter Obi as his running mate said Obi is eminently qualified and has the solidarity of youths across the nation particularly the students who he has won their hearts.
The statement was signed by Right Hon Ezeukwu Christopher Formula , Chairman Student Community Voters , SCV and Speaker, Students Representative Council (SRC) , Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka , Anambra state and Comrade Chimezie Fortunatus Izuchukwu, Secretary Student Community Voters and President Students Union Government University of Nigeria, Nsukka , Enugu State.
The statement read in part: ‘’Arising from our meeting on 15th October, 2018 at the King David’s hotel Awka , Anambra state on the emergence of His Excellency Chief Peter Obi , the former Governor of Anambra state as the chosen Vice Presidential candidate to His Excellency , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
We the Student Community Voters (SCV) ,South East zone formarly congratulate Chief Peter Obi, ‘The Rock’ , ‘Okwute Ndigbo’ on his new position as the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 Presidential election.
‘’In the same vein, we laud the exercise, the leadership and members for their political sagacity on the choice of Peter Obi, a resourceful personality.
Chief Peter Obi’s leadership qualities has endeared him to many particularly, the voting youth population , students inclusive across Nigeria. Obi’s managerial skill is not in doubt as he is an expert in fund and human management.
‘’ He is as well a public friendly politician whose humility in and out of office was rated awesome. Obi has so many things to offer Nigeria , and at the same time he is energetic, charismatic, dynamic, amiable , transparent, accountable , fair, credible and a trusted man of the people. These and many more are reasons why the character and personality of the man called Peter Obi stood him out as the VP for Nigeria to be greater. Be assured of our bloc votes in South East and Nigeria at large.
‘’The Student Community Voters (SCV) South East has so much to say about Chief Peter Obi’ 8 years in office as Executive Governor of Anambra state and beyond but we cannot continue, as the best thing we can do is to galvanize our bloc vote for Atiku Ababukar and Peter Obi election victory.
‘’The National recovery project bestowed on Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi has our overwhelming support. This we promise with every sense of patriotism.
The statement concluded: “Once again, we say a very big congratulations to Chief Peter Obi as victory awaits him, a landslide victory indeed. God bless you, the awaiting Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria”.