Presidential Candidates Applaud Jonathan on Giant Agricultural Strides
Despite the incessant blame games and accusing fingers that had been pointed at the President of the federal republic in recent times and especially as the elections draw near, some other Presidential candidates at the National Election Debate Group (NEDG) in the federal capital territory yesterday could not help but commend the efforts of the federal government led by President Goodluck Jonathan on Agriculture.
As expected, there were innuendos aimed at the President by some of the candidates as each tried to canvass for votes through the debate platform, thereby, criticizing the present administration. The candidate of National Conscience Party (NCP) Chief Martin Onovo kept making references to corruption, mismanagement and poor governance to the chagrin of his colleague President Goodluck Jonathan who was standing right next to him.
However, the twist that pleased the President came when the question on Agriculture was thrown at the contestants. The Kowa Party candidate Professor Comfort Oluremi Sonaiya, who was the first to address the issue, was quick to commend the effort of the present government when she said; “I must congratulate the present government on what they have been able to do…”
Sonaiya was not alone in her sentiments as all other contestants commended Jonathan as they each addressed the agricultural question. While Chief Chekwas Okorie of the UPP said “there is visible improvement but we can still do more,” the President’s biggest antagonist chief Martin Onovo also said “the federal government has done well.”
Commenting on agriculture, the President said: “if we will all be honest, this government has thrived in terms of agriculture.” President Jonathan then implored the electorate to let the good work continue by voting for him and also promised that the elections would hold on the scheduled dates despite fears from the public that it might be shifted again.
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