Politics 40 Reasons Why You Should Re-elect GEJ in 2015, by Chinedu Nnawetanma


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The Goodluck Jonathan administration no doubt has had its good and bad times just like any other administration charged with the leadership of a large and diverse entity such as Nigeria. In the 4 years that he has been the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there have been flaws which are all well documented in the local and international media. Over the course of those four years there have also been successes and giant leaps which often receive little or no media coverage and public attention. This may not be unconnected with the notion that “bad news is good for business” in journalism. The simple fact that bad news catches the attention of the public more than a good news may be the reason for the Nigerian press’ myopic and indifferent reportage of the great feats of the current administration.

President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan has often challenged Nigerians to compare his administration’s achievements with those of his predecessors before they judge him, but getting a comprehensive list of those achievements is usually a daunting task due to the paucity of information and Nigeria’s poor reputation when it comes to record-keeping. Below is a list of some of the ways in which the Goodluck Jonathan presidency has silently transformed Nigeria from its dark ages of underdevelopment to a 21st century economic and political force. The list, however, is not complete and it may be missing out on some key developments.

1. Promotion and practice of true democracy by creating an enabling environment where people from diverse backgrounds and with divergent views and opinions can be accommodated. Under his watch, the APC was registered by INEC as a mega opposition party big enough to challenge the PDP at both state and national levels. This would have been unthinkable some years back.

2. Conduct of free and fair elections in the country, including the 2011 poll which was adjudged to be the most credible election of its magnitude that has ever been conducted in the country, though it was not without its flaws. Unlike in other administrations, the Goodluck Jonathan presidency has given a free hand to the country’s electoral umpire, INEC, to perform its statutory duties.

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