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TAN Netherlands appeals for peaceful elections in Nigeria and supports GEJ reelection bid
Despite the cold weather in the Netherlands, many Nigerians turned out in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) under the Dutch police scrutiny to organize a peace, solidarity and support rally in support of the current Nigerian government under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in ensuring a peaceful, non-violent, free, fair and credible election come 28th March and 11th of April 2015.
According to the organizers of the protest march, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), they put together this event together to allow all those involved in the electoral process in Nigeria to know that the outside world is watching them closely and any attempt to derail or cause any form of trouble will warrant charges being brought against such perpetrators at the International criminal court. According to them, the appeal is to all political parties in Nigeria to discourage their followers to desist from any form of violence no matter the outcome of the elections.
A Nigerian community leader, Serah Olajumoke Balogun James spoke first and she appealed to all Nigerians both at home and abroad to maintain the peace and respect the views of the electorates’ during and after the elections. “No Nigerian should lose his or her life or suffer any form of discrimination during after the elections”, she ascertained. She says the best change is what Nigeria need and which of the candidate that wins the election should bring the change to the people.
The chairman of NIDOE Netherlands, Cornelius Obot called on Nigerians to support the transformation agenda of the President and give him another four years to complete all the positive projects he has started in the past five years. He also used the occasion to call on the people of Akwa Ibom to support the candidate of PDP candidate in the state, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in the Governorship elections, according to Mr. Obot, the Akwa Ibom citizens in the Netherlands are solidly behind him and support his campaign to be the next Governor of the state.
The Holland Coordinator of TAN Netherlands, Mr. Oliver Nwankwor chanted the support for President Goodluck Jonathan and called the protesters to join him in asking well-meaning Nigerians to support and vote President Goodluck Jonathan for another four years in order for him to complete his transformation agenda which is changing the face of Nigeria into becoming a stronger economy in the world. He declares that the signed memorandum of understanding for peaceful election by the protesters will be delivered to the Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Ambassador Mrs. Akanbi for onward delivery to the President and his government.
Other community leaders spoke on the occasion including Mazi Aguzien from Rotterdam, Ifeyinwa Ezeagabu from Amsterdam spoke on behalf Nigerian men and women and call for general support to ensure the reelection of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The deputy Holland coordinator of TAN Netherlands and Chairman of People Democratic Party of Nigeria (Holland branch), Engr Steve Ajere commended and praised the Nigerian military for their commitment and outstanding dedication to their fatherland to ensure that the Boko Haram sect insurgency is flushed out of Nigeria. He called on Nigerians to continue to praise their gallant effort at ensuring peace in Nigeria so that INEC could organize a peaceful and safe elections across the country.
He again said that President Jonathan is the best candidate who understands the challenges Nigeria face and how to tackle it.
The protest march moved from the ICC headquarters to the Nigeria embassy office where a petition demanding for peaceful elections and the unity of Nigeria to be protected to an officer of the embassy who received the petition on behalf of the Ambassador and he assured that it would be delivered to the appropriate authority in Nigeria.
The later part of the rally became campaign for Jonathan/Sambo reelection as die heart supporters Of President Goodluck Jonathan came on board and chanted “4 more years for GEJ”, the song rang through the air as passersby’s in their cars slow down to take a glance and asked questions. They were clothed in various T-shirts, caps, neck ties in support of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Finally Chief Oliver Nwankwor thanked Chief Ifeanyi Ubah who is behind the TAN project. According to him, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah’s agenda is to see a continuation of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan and he has facilitated this program in the Netherlands as well as in other parts of the world like in United States of America, Canada, France and United Kingdom among other nations.
This type of event will continue before and after the elections for the transformation agenda to be continued says Chief Nwankwor.
The Voice magazine captured the event with some pictures for your viewing please