Jonathan taken to task over 2010 election pledge

Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan

from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE Salvage Group (TSG), an organization aligned to the opposition All People’s Congress, criticized the decision by President Goodluck Jonathan to stand for re-election next year, arguing he had reneged on his pledge to ensure adequate power supply.

TSG National Coordinator, Peter Ajayi, claimed during Jonathan’s campaign ahead of the 2010 election, the President had vowed not to seek
re-election if he did not provide 16 000 megawatts of power in two years.

“President Goodluck Jonathan during his campaign in 2010 promised
Nigerians a steady electricity supply if voted into office.

“He promised 16,000 megawatt in the first two years of his administration,” Ajayi said in a statement.

“He made another notable promise to the people of South-east, saying, ‘if
I don’t deliver the second Niger bridge at the end of my tenure, I will
leave this country and go and live elsewhere because the failure cannot be

“Having failed to deliver on these promises, his aspiration to seek another term in office come 2015, despite the fact that he has been sworn in as president of Nigeria for two terms, which is the maximum number of times as contained in the constitution, is as good as taking Nigerians for a fool,” he added.

It is believed power generation has dropped significantly over the past
few years with statistics suggesting more than half the population of 160
million has no access to electricity.

– CAJ News






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